JUST four days after conservative Iowa legalised gay marriage, Vermont’s Democratic-controlled legislature followed suit today with a new law which will go into effect on September 1.
This makes Vermont the fourth state to legalise gay marriage, following Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa.
A January Gallup poll found that Vermont was America’s least religious state, with only 42 percent of residents answering “yes” when asked:
Is religion an important part of your daily life?
Predictably, the fundies are less than happy with the new law, as this report indicates.
Austin R Nimocks, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian group,complained:
With its enactment, the Vermont legislature made a profound social policy statement that mothers and fathers are not necessary for the family, and that the sex of a parent doesn’t matter.
It’s unfortunate any time you see a court or a legislature say that children are not entitled to both a mother and a father. And it should never be the intent of any policy or law to intentionally deprive children of what they need, and that’s both a mom and a dad.
During the debate in the House, opponents urged representatives to oppose the bill, saying it would result in negative social change. Republican Representative Donald Turner said the bill would result in:
Radically redefining our most basic social institution. Marriage is the way that we as a culture – like virtually every other culture known to man – link children with their mother and father who made them. Whatever rights and benefits we decide to extend same-sex couples, this biological reality of marriage should not be lightly erased.
There are times when those of us who are leaders in the evangelical Christian community become discouraged with the smallness of our numbers and the way that the mainstream liberal media marginalizes our efforts.
But then we are reminded that the battle is not fought in the courtrooms or in the statehouse, but in the hearts of men and women who are in need of Jesus. I have personally witnessed the spiritual transformation of several homosexuals who are now living free from that emotional addiction. They were drawn to one of our Southern Baptist churches because the people in that church showed concern for them.
On the same day as Vermont’s historic vote, the District of Columbia Council voted to recognise same-sex marriages performed in other states.
According to this report, domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation’s capital. But today’s vote, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognises relocated gay married couples as married.