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Letters on Gay Marriage Flood Vt. Statehouse

Rep. Bill Lippert Rep. Bill Lippert

Montpelier, Vermont - March 30, 2009

The gay marriage debate is generating a flood of letters and e-mails to the Vermont Statehouse.

The House Judiciary Committee adjourned its afternoon hearing early to allow lawmakers to read some of the communication. The committee's chair said much of it appears to be from out-of-state, part of an orchestrated campaign to sway legislation here.

"I'm most interested in Vermont communications from Vermont residents, Vermont families, who are telling their stories about why this is an important piece of legislation or telling their story about what their concerns are about this legislation. I am most interested in the Vermont stories," said Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Vt. House Judiciary Committee Chairman.

The House Judiciary Committee expects to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon. It is likely to pass, and a full vote on the House floor is expected later this week.

Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, has received 1,500 letters in the two days since saying he would veto the bill if the legislature passes it. Some writers call him homophobic, while others praise him for showing "backbone" in the face of pressure from gay rights advocates.

Kate Duffy - WCAX News

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