In an expected move, the Vermont legislature overrode the veto of Governor Douglas and became the fourth state to legalize homosexual marriages. That an overwhelmingly liberal and secular state like Vermont took this step is not all that surprising. Disappointing, but not surprising.
What is really disturbing is the callous way that the decisive vote for overriding the veto was won (quoted from the Wall Street Journal):
The House had initially approved the bill last week with a 95-52 vote. Mr. Smith and his leadership team worked through the weekend to try to persuade some legislators to change their minds.
One who did was first-term Rep. Jeff Young, a Democrat. He said he continued to be philosophically opposed to gay marriage but decided that voting with his fellow Democrats would help him be an effective legislator in the future.
"You realize that, you know, it's a poker game in some ways," Mr. Young said. "Chips on the table. I'm a freshman. I have no chips. If I...had 20 years of chips, I probably could play any card I want. I don't have that option."
He added, "It's the way the political game is played."
Wow, those are words that you want to build a political legacy on. That is the way the game is played. Those are words sure to be enshrined alongside the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Young, this is not a poker game, this is a serious legislative matter. This isn’t a bill to name a park after a famous Vermonter. This is a bill that gives legal legitimacy to a sexual preference. I guess that we can be glad that Mr. Young is so dense that he didn’t even bother pretending that he was making a rational, reasoned decision as a lawmaker and instead admits that he cast his vote to further his political career. Such admitted narcissistic self-interest is somewhat refreshing from a politician.
Meanwhile, yet another state has created a new right to gay marriage within a week of the Iowa Supreme Court arbitrarily creating a right out of thin air for homosexuals to claim the right to marriage.