Gay Rights Groups Celebrate Victories in Marriage Push

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April 7, 2009


"Gay-rights groups say that momentum from back-to-back victories on in Vermont and Iowa could spill into other states, particularly since at least nine other legislatures are considering measures this year to allow marriage between gay couples.

"The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Jim Douglas's veto of a bill allowing gay couples to marry, mustering one more vote than needed to preserve the measure.

"...Jennifer C. Pizer, the marriage project director for Lambda Legal, said after the Iowa ruling on Friday that the approach in the states with constitutional bans would have to be different.

"'I think we will have a period that we really haven't ever seen before in American history,' Ms. Pizer said, 'of people needing to undo state constitutional amendments ? which is not an easy thing to do.'"