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April 7, 2009

Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Vermont just became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage through the legislature. The legislature overturned the governor's veto. Vermont was the first state to legalize same-sex civil unions and the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage, following Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa.

Here's a story from Religion News Service by Kevin Eckstrom.

Nine years after becoming the first state to allow same-sex civil unions, Vermont on Tuesday became the first state to approve same-sex marriage without a court order.

At the same time, the District of Columbia took the first step toward recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, a move that some predict may ultimately lead to legalized gay marriages in the nation's capital.

The Vermont House overrode an earlier veto by Gov. Jim Douglas in a 100-49 vote, following a lopsided veto override by the state Senate. Vermont becomes the fourth state -- and the second in a week -- to allow gay marriage, joining Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa.

Gay rights groups said the Vermont decision -- particularly its lack of a court mandate -- will no doubt have ramifications in other states. California lawmakers, for example, have twice passed gay marriage bills that were vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"The Vermont Legislature, just as the Iowa Supreme Court last week, understands the tremendous significance of marriage, and that domestic partnerships and civil unions simply do not provide the same dignity and protections that come with marriage," said Marc Solomon, whose group, Equality California, is challenging a voter-approved constitutional amendment that ended gay marriage last year.

Conservatives, meanwhile, criticized the Vermont vote.

"While government officials may change definitions, they cannot change nature," said Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America. "The first human relationship was between one man and one woman, and it became the foundation of all society."

In Washington, the D.C. City Council unanimously approved a bill that would recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. The bill still needs a second approval vote from the 13-member council, approval by Mayor Adrian Fenty and congressional review before it can become law. The District already has a domestic partner registry.

"It's high time we send a clear, unequivocal message to those persons of the same sex and married in another jurisdiction that their marriage is valid in D.C.," said Councilman Jim Graham, an openly gay Democrat, according to The Washington Post.

Comments

Way to go, Vermont! Nice that there's one spot in America that knows what morality can and should be.

It's a sad day.

It is one more step in ignoring what the Bible says. It is only a matter of time until the whole country goes down. The trigger will probably be treatment of Jews, and then the U.S. will be history. Then Gregory's concept of morality will be cleared up.

I'm not sure what country Thomas is calling from, but here in America, the Constitution is our legal foundation -- not the Bible. Thomas' country might be under sharia law or the Koran or the Bible, but fortunately America is not.

Our Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. That applies to gay Americans just like it applies to heterosexual ones. It's pretty simple, actually.

The only comment that comes to mind is "May God have MERCY on this country."

Jesus wept.

Hello Americans!
You are a free country, free people. Millons of people of this world use to long to live there in the land of the free... which unfortunately is not doing well nowadays.
Do you remember the story of Sodom and Gommorah, the 2 cities that God destroyed in a few seconds because of what He calls sin? Well, even today same sex people who perform anal sex are called "sodomites" we have this word in our vocabulary, think about it!
I do not have the intention to judge you, I have read the Bible a few times (and l am reading it again) and God in His goodness is showing me His will.

God is powerful enough to punish us anytime, but He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us and whoever believes in Him will not perish. Now those who believe in Him won't chose to live against His will.
The Sodom and Gommorah people in their freedom chose to do what they liked to do, as we see, Vermont makes officialy correct this behavior in their state.
May God bless us to choose right for our lives, please take God's will into consideration for your own good, we will ALL be judged by Him! He has the last word! And that is for sure! He Loves us all, and wants us to repent of our sinful lifestyle!

It is like the fall of Rome.

Come on people. 'Jesus wept' indeed. If it really mattered to Jesus what we did, he'd actually do something. All this is what can only be described as a reaction out of passivity. He has all power. If this outcome really mattered, he'd use it. But he does not.


Are you aware of the following interplay between the DOMA, the District of Columbia Home Rule Act and the DC same-sex "marriage" ordinance? As an attorney and based on the below legal analysis, in my opinion, the District of Columbia had no authority to pass the same sex marriage ordinance and Congress has no authority under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to approve (by in action) DC same-sex "marriage" ordinance.

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District of Columbia had no authority
to pass the same sex marriage ordinance.


1. In determining the meaning of the phrase “all rightful subjects of legislation” as used in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (which is clearly an “Act of Congress”), the DOMA removed the ability to construe such phrase to mean that the District of Columbia Home Rule Act’s delegated legislative power to pass an ordinance on a subject of legislation that defines “marriage” to mean anything other than a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. (This is known as “repeal by implication”)

2. The DOMA specifically states: “In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” Pub. L. 104-199, sec 1, 100 Stat. 2419 (Sep. 21, 1996), codified at 1 U.S.C. § 7 (1997).

3. Section 302 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, specifically states: “Except as provided in sections 601, 602, and 603 [D.C. Code 1-206, 1-233, and 47-313], the legislative power of the District shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation within the District consistent with the Constitution of the United States and the provisions of this Act subject to all the restrictions and limitations imposed upon the States by the tenth section of the first article of the Constitution of the United States.”

4. Hence, the DOMA provides that in determining the meaning of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which obviously includes the phrase “shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation” as used in SEC. 302 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, no meaning may be given to such phrase that construes it to extend legislative power to the District to pass an ordinance on a legislative subject that provides “marriage” means something other than a legal union between one man and one woman as husband.

5. As such, the District of Columbia had no authority to pass the same sex marriage ordinance.

6. Furthermore, SEC. 602 (3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act provides that the District of Columbia has no authority to “enact any act, or enact any act to amend or repeal any Act of Congress, which concerns the functions or property of the United States or which is not restricted in its application exclusively in or to the District.” It is obvious that the application of DOMA is not restricted exclusively in or to the District. Therefore the District of Columbia has no authority to amend or repeal the DOMA (by implication or otherwise) and, in turn, Congress has no authority under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to approve (by inaction) the District’s unauthorized ultra vires ordinance.