Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2009 10:56 AM CDT
In this Feb. 6, 2009, file photo, Euan Bear of Bakersfield, Vt., holds a sign during a gathering of gay marriage supporters in Montpelier, Vt.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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(Newser) – Vermont’s legislature became the first in the country to legalize same-sex marriage when it voted today to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to wed, the AP reports. Three other states have legalized gay marriage, but Vermont is the first to do so by writing a law explicitly allowing such unions. The vote was 23-5 in the Senate, and 100-49 in the House.