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US state Vermont moves closer to gay marriage

US state Vermont moves closer to gay marriage

The northeastern state of Vermont has moved a step closer to becoming one of the few U.S. states where same-sex marriage is legal.
The Vermont Senate gave its final stamp of approval to a bill that would allow gay couples to marry in the state. Lawmakers passed the measure on Tuesday in voice vote with no debate.
Now the issue moves to the state House, where the a committee has scheduled a week's worth of testimony on the bill.
The measure would replace the state's first-in-the-nation civil unions law with one that allows marriage of same-sex partners beginning in September.
Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican, has said he opposes the measure, but has declined to say whether he'll veto it if it gets to his desk.
If approved, Vermont would join Massachusetts and Connecticut, also in the northeast, as the only U.S. states that allow gays and lesbians to marry.


Updated : 2021-10-19 01:33 GMT+08:00