Letter to Vermont Governor Jim Douglas – You Stand Alone

Governor Jim Douglas
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609-0101

April 8, 2009

RE: Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Bill H275

Dear Governor Douglas,

I just read the news that your veto of H275, the bill that would bring same-sex marriage to Vermont, was overridden by the legislature. Ha!

Apparently the legislature could see through the pathetic excuses that you gave for your veto – that it is a “personal” decision, and that it “interferes” with lawmakers’ attention to the economy. You are an elected representative who vetoed a bill that would keep jobs and families in Vermont – so there must be another reason.

I would like an explanation of what you were honestly thinking when you chose to oppose equality. Why would an American deny freedom to another; why would a Republican meddle in individual personal relationships; why would a Christian go against even the teachings of his own UCC Church, and treat others as he would not like to be treated himself?

Sincerely,

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