Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Equality Wins in Vermont

Not that I've ever been there, but I've always been fond of Vermont -- and now more than ever:

Vermont's House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

The Senate voted 23-5 to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto, according to the Senate office. Shortly afterward, the House overrode the veto on a 100-49 vote. The votes surpassed the number needed -- two-thirds of those present -- to override the veto.

The action makes Vermont the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriages. The others are Massachusetts, Connecticut and, as of last week, Iowa.
Thank you, legislature of Vermont, for standing up for equality.

The way to remember which is Vermont and which is New Hampshire is to recall that Vermont is the one that looks like Idaho turned upside down -- now more than ever. Or more exactly, it looks like an image of Idaho as reflected in a body of water or mirror located at the foot, or southern edge, of the Idaho image.

But beware! Involving mirrors in the mnemonic is a grave risk, dear reader, because New Hampshire can also be regarded as an approximate mirror image of Idaho, only along the vertical axis, as though someone placed a mirror on the right-hand side of the Idaho map. And why the hell would anyone do that?

Of course, this approach assumes you can remember how Idaho looks. Might I suggest remembering that it resembles Vermont inverted? Now more than ever?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The way to remember which one is which is simply to remember which one is which, I'd say.