Governor Jim Douglas
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
April 5, 2009
RE: Civil marriage bill S.115
Dear Governor Douglas,
In 2006 you vetoed a civil rights bill banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity by employers, financial institutions, housing, public accommodations, and other contexts, and then you signed it in 2007. And you were reelected.
Now you have a chance to sign S. 115, a civil rights bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by the state in the context of marriage. You have said that you will veto it. That just doesn’t make any sense to me. Why should Vermonters have to wait for civil rights when it is just sitting on your desk?
It’s time for a change of heart. Please sign S. 115 and end civil apartheid in Vermont.