Vermont has become the first state to successfully enact same-sex marriage through its legislature:
Following tense and emotional proceedings on the legislative floor, the Vermont house voted 100-49 at 11 a.m. on Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of marriage-equality legislation. After an earlier morning vote by the senate, 23-5, to override the veto, the house vote makes Vermont the first state to recognize marriage equality through the legislative process without first being ordered to do so by the court.
What a wonderful result, one which even the most ardent conservative will find hard to attack, as evidenced by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s response:
“The people of Vermont have every right to elect the legislators they want and if they disagree with this decision they have every right to replace them and so it is the people’s branch overriding the governor, who’s elected, and it’s not an isolated imposition by the elite. Even for people who don’t agree with the outcome, it’s a much better process.”
‘Better’ process is neither here nor there. Conservatives hate the judiciary when they rule against their bigoted worldviews, even though the judiciary has no choice but to be in such a position, given their ultimate roles as constitutional guarantors. Rulings such as Iowa’s are inevitable when there’s a written constitution – Gingrich and his ilk may not like that but it’s tough. I remain hopeful that California will yet prove the point. His reaction to Iowa:
Gingrich said he sees the beginning of a “major movement” to bring the judicial branch into check in the wake of last Friday’s Iowa Supreme Court decision.
He can’t bring the judicial branch ‘into check’ without removing the whole notion of what a constitution is supposed to be about, and by extension changing the entire political system itself, the homophobic idiot.