The Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill late on Thursday that would legalize gay marriage, but supporters failed to get enough votes to override a veto threat from the governor.
Lawmakers in the Democratic-led House voted 95-52 in support of the measure, which had already passed the state Senate by a 26-4 vote. Advocates were five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.
The bill, which faces a largely procedural vote on Friday before heading to the desk of Republican Governor Jim Douglas, would have made Vermont the third U.S. state, after Connecticut and Massachusetts, to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
It passed with overwhelming support in both houses, but Douglas is going to veto it so it is not a “distraction.” The Republicans are so hopeless they can’t even come up with believable bullshit anymore. And you wonder why this sort of thing is often decided in courtrooms.
Also, activist judges!