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Vermont House Overrides Gay Marriage Veto–Openly Gay House Member Reaction

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One of Vermont’s five openly gay lawmakers is cheering today’s vote.

Jason Lorber, left, and partner of 7 years Nathaniel G. Lew, right, holding adopted son Max Lorber-Lew, whom they adopted at birth.

Jason Lorber, left, and partner of 7 years Nathaniel G. Lew, right, holding adopted son Max Lorber-Lew, whom they adopted at birth.

Vermont’s State Legislature made history today, becoming the first to enact gay marriage laws without going through the courts. The House voted 100-to-49 to override Governor Jim Douglas’s veto, the bare minimum needed to push the law through, and Vermont has become the fourth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

Burlington Representative Jason Lorber is one of five openly gay state lawmakers. Speaking from the State House, Lorber said the vote put the marriage question in the hands of the people who matter most.

Lorber: “The news today is that love won. Today the Vermont Legislature affirmed that the best people to decide who should get married are the two people at the altar.”

Lorber said he and his Civil Union partner will soon be legally married.

Lorber: “There’s some paperwork to be done. (Laughs) I’m excited for the first time to do some paperwork!”

Lorber said the five vote difference between the 95 Representatives who initially approved the bill and the 100 who voted to override Douglas’s veto, came down to lawmakers voting their conscience.

–Aaron McQuade

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Written by OutQ News staff

April 7, 2009 at 7:52 PM

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