Vermont Senate votes to legalize gay marriage

If the bill becomes law, Vermont will become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being forced to do so by the courts.

The bill, which passed the 30-member chamber by a 26-4 margin, moves to the Vermont House, where it is also expected to be approved. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas, however, has said he doesn’t support the bill…

It is unclear whether both chambers of the Vermont Legislature would vote to override a potential gubernatorial veto.