Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex “marriage” by legislative action, when on April 7 the state legislature overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of the day before. A two-thirds majority vote was required to override the veto, and the override succeeded by a vote of 23-5 in the state Senate and 100-49 in the House.
On the heels of the Vermont legislature’s passing of a same-sex "marriage" bill last Thursday came additional shocking news a day later, with the Iowa Supreme Court ruling unanimously to overturn its state’s ban on same-sex "marriage." It is considered a landmark victory for faux-marriage, as Iowa now has the dubious distinction of being the first Midwest state to embrace this brand of social engineering.
Vermont has long been a hotbed of secession, with much talk during the Bush administration years of separating from the union. Now it has served notice of its wish to secede from tradition and morality as well, with the Vermont House voting on Thursday 95-52 to pass a bill legalizing same-sex "marriage."
Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who died on March 31, 2005, 13 days after being denied nutrition and hydration at the order of Florida Judge George W. Greer, was honored yesterday at a special memorial service on the fourth anniversary of her death. The "National Mass for Terri's Day" was celebrated at the Oratory in Ave Maria, Florida, by Father Frank Pavone, president of Priests for Life. Father Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI), was scheduled to co-celebrate, but arrived late because his plane was delayed. The Front Royal, Virginia-based HLI describes its mission as "to create effective opposition to the culture of death around the world."
If you know anything about “human rights commissions,” you know that never were there entities more euphemistically named. They have proliferated throughout the Western world and have become tools of the thought police, and whatever rights they purport to protect, the right to speak Truth isn’t one of them. For evidence of this, just ask Canadian Christian Mark Harding, who ran afoul of the Ontario Human Rights Commission for criticizing Islam and was punished by his government. Or ask journalist Mark Steyn (I guess it’s not a good time for Marks to be rendering opinions), whose article “The Future Belongs to Islam” in Maclean’s magazine led to the publication being the target of a “human-rights complaint” in Canada (I guess it’s not a good time for Canadians to be rendering opinions, either).