VT Is Fourth State to Legalize Same-sex Marriage

April 7, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Associated Press reports that the state legislature voted Tuesday to override Governor James Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House.

The vote came nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law, the AP noted. Massachusetts, Connecticut and, most recently, Iowa (see Iowa High Court Ruling Clears Path for Gay Marriages) are the other states in which same-sex marriage is legal.