Governor Jim Douglas
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
April 6, 2009
RE: Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Bill H275
Dear Governor Douglas,
I read in the Wall Street Journal that you have promised to veto the bill that would make same sex marriage legal in Vermont. The reason that you gave in the article, and your March 25 statement, was that lawmakers should focus on the economy instead of civil rights bills. I do not understand your hypocrisy.
Perhaps lawmakers are concerned about all of the Vermonters who have to go to New Hampshire to have their weddings. Or about the extra cost of maintaining two sets of laws. Perhaps it is prudent to eliminate tax loopholes that let civil union couples pay lower taxes than civil married couples, or avoid costly court battles over equality.
Whatever the reason, if you truly want lawmakers to focus on the economy, then the most expeditious thing to do would be to sign H275 into law. Otherwise all you are doing is wasting their time and yours by vetoing change that is inevitable.
I wish you would take the financially prudent, least obstructive and morally correct action and sign H275 .