Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Vermont Marriage Equality

About Time, Vermont

Vermont catched up to Iowa: the legislature overrode the GOP governor's veto and became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. You may recall Vermont was the first state with civil unions, back when some guy named Dean was governor.

The dam is breaking, people. Or as Mike Gronstal's daughter is quoted in the clip that's the smash hit of the interwebs today, "My generation doesn't care."

“One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the country.

“And my daughter Kate, after listening for about 20 minutes, said to them: ‘You guys don’t understand. You’ve already lost. My generation doesn’t care.’

“I think I learned something from my daughter that day, when she said that. And I’ve talked with other people about it and that’s what I see, Senator McKinley. I see a bunch of people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want state law to recognize that.

“Is that so wrong? I don’t think that’s so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know I’ve been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other.

“No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you.”

"Worthy of Atticus Finch," says the front page of Reddit where Gronstal is currently Number Six.

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