Vermont's Senate just voted overwhelmingly to convert their civil unions law into a civil marriage law. The tally was by an astonishing 26 - 4 margin, easily outside the range of the governor's veto, were he to go there (it's not clear yet whether he will). The House is now considering the bill and is expected to pass it. If the bill becomes law, Vermont would be the first state to legalize marriage equality by legislative action, the best route in my view. The governor is actually citing the president in defense of his position - but this point makes no sense:

[Governor Douglas] also "believes this bill is a distraction from the important work the Legislature needs to do to pass a responsible budget and get our economy going again," [spokeswoman] Casey added.

Is she really saying that the Vermont legislature cannot vote on something because of the economic crisis? Please.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.