On April 7, 2009, the Vermont Legislature voted by a two-thirds majority to override Governor Jim Douglas's veto [PDF] of a bill [PDF] legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The Vermont House of Representatives approved the legislation in April 2009, shortly after the Vermont Senate had passed the bill by wide margins of support in March 2009. The strong legislative support defied a warning from Douglas that he would veto any legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. The override vote by the legislature made Vermont the fourth US state to legalize same-sex marriage after Massachusetts in November 2003, Connecticut in October 2008, and Iowa earlier in April 2009.
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Read an overview of the legal controversy surrounding Same-Sex Marriage in Features.