Vermont was the first state in the union to offer civil unions to gay and lesbian couples, back in 2000. And now the Green Mountain State seems poised to offer full marriage equality along with fellow New England states Massachusetts and Connecticut.
It is being reported that last Friday, a state Senate committee unanimously approved the bill, which will now go before both the state Senate and House for votes.
The Huffington Post predicts that, "both Houses, under Democratic control, are expected to pass the measure. The Senate is taking the lead and is expected to debate the bill next week."
There may be resistance from Vermont's Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican, who "has said he opposes the bill but has declined to say whether he will veto it if it reaches his desk."
Stay tuned for updates from Vermont, as we'll be following closely to see if another state joins the ranks of those that grant full marriage equality to their residents.