Vermont has become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by legislative action. Today, the legislature overrode the governor’s Monday veto of the bill. Several legislators who had originally voted against the bill changed their minds and vote to override the veto. All other states with same-sex marriage have had it imposed on them by judicial action.
Vermont has taken this action because the legislature determined it was the “fair” thing to do. The focus was on fairness to individuals instead of focusing what policy would be best for society.
I believe that the ideal of marriage between one man and one woman is the best public policy position. It was been the concept of marriage for millennia. The idea that marriage can be redefined to include any 2 partners, regardless of their sex, will have many unintended consequences. The political movement to abandon the traditional concept of marriage is short sighted.