Photo credit: www.farm1.static.flickr.com By LISA RATHKE – 11 hours ago MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Nine years after becoming the first state to permit civil unions, Vermont moved a step toward legalizing gay marriage Friday. A bill that would allow same-sex unions was introduced in the Legislature, causing a crowd of about several hundred supporters to gather at the Statehouse in celebration. "This really is a great day and a part of moving forward to a time when all Vermont couples will be treated equally under our laws," said a sponsor, Rep. Mark Larson.
I am not surprised that Vermont is going down this road. Attitudes in New England states have always been more progressive, more cosmopolitan. That in stark contrast to those in the Far West. Will New York, the Empire State, be the next one to go down this road of openness and equality?