Take Action: Marriage equality bill passes Vermont House — call Gov. Jim Douglas and your House representative today!

Take Action: Marriage equality bill passes Vermont House —
call Gov. Jim Douglas and your House representative today!
April 3, 2009

Last night, by a margin of 95 to 52, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill granting the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. Last week, the state Senate passed the legislation by a margin of 26 to 4.

This is a historic victory, but the struggle for the freedom to marry is not yet over. The bill now advances to Gov. Jim Douglas, who has threatened to veto it once it reaches his desk.

Vermont is closer than ever to winning the freedom to marry, but the governor and your House representative need to continue to hear from more fair-minded people like you. Your voice is needed today to make the freedom to marry a reality. Here's what you can do:

First, call the governor's office at 800.649.6825 or e-mail him at http://governor.vermont.gov/contact.html. Tell the governor's office that you are a Vermont resident and that you urge Gov. Douglas to do the right thing by supporting legislation enabling same-sex couples to marry.

Second, if your state representative voted in favor of the freedom to marry, call or e-mail them today to thank him/her. If your representative did not vote in favor, call or e-mail to urge him/her to enable same-sex couples to marry. The House switchboard number is 800.322.5616; you can find out who your representative is by visiting http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/findmember3.cfm.

For more information about how you can help, visit Vermont Freedom to Marry at http://www.vtfreetomarry.org/.

Together, we can win the freedom to marry in Vermont.