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Values watch: Gay marriage in VT

"The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Jim Douglas's veto of a bill allowing gay couples to marry, mustering one more vote than needed to preserve the measure," the New York Times reports. "The step makes Vermont the first state to allow same-sex marriage through legislative action instead of a court ruling, and comes less than a week after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in that state."

"New York, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire are among the states where such proposals have gained legislative support in recent months."