- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

BURLINGTON, VT. (AP) - A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Vermont is in the hands of state House lawmakers.

Last month the state Senate overwhelmingly approved similar legislation.

It’s expected the bill will pass the House during the vote on Thursday, but it’s unclear if it will receive a minimum of 100 votes, the margin needed to override a promised veto by Gov. Jim Douglas.

House leaders say they don’t expect the voting to be along party lines so they’re unsure of what the final count will be.

Lobbying has been heavy on both sides of the issue.

Supporters argue the legislation is needed to move forward Vermont’s first-in-the-nation civil unions law while opponents argue marriage should remain between a man and a woman.

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