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Vermont down. 46 to go.

Fantastic. The fact that it was the democratically-elected legislature that made this happen is even better. I hope the domino effect will continue.

I won’t try to add to the wonderful things others have already said about this.

However, I was curious what the conservative Christian reaction would be to this. For once, this was a legislative victory, not an “activist judge” or two. Would they accept this?

Of course not.

Here are my favorite lines from the opposition:

“With its enactment, the Vermont legislature made a profound social policy statement that mothers and fathers are not necessary for the family, and that the sex of a parent doesn’t matter”

“Just because the legislature makes an enactment doesn’t make it true… If the Vermont legislature passed a resolution that the earth was flat, does that make it true? Of course not. And the simple fact is that marriage predated the Vermont legislature — just like my mother predated me. I don’t get to redefine who my mother is. It’s just a simple fact of common sense. The institution of marriage has predated the legislature and government and the United States, and it’s not the prerogative of anybody to redefine it. It is the prerogative of every state and U.S. citizen to uphold the institution as it has always been defined, as one man and one woman.”

Austin R. Nimocks, attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund

“How long can a nation founded on the laws of nature and nature’s God expect to find favor in his eyes when we continue to mock God?”

“I believe that the purveyors of evil around the country feel emboldened right now with the current political climate in Washington, DC…[what with both the Oval Office and Congress inhabited by] people who are bent on thumbing their nose at God.”

Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel.

“Same-sex ‘marriage’ is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well. Time and again, we see when citizens have the opportunity to vote at the ballot box, they consistently opt to support traditional marriage…”

“The vote today by the D.C. City Council was a direct affront to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The radical Left wants to destroy the traditional union of one man and one woman across the country and they will not rest until they do so.”

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council

I’m confident that not all Christians agree here. Many are thrilled about this result. If you know of any Christian bloggers or writers who are happy about Vermont’s decision, please link to their articles in the comments!

On a side note, Vermont isn’t the only scene of gay news today:

Rick Warren is a hypocrite caught-on-tape.

And gay students now get their own apartments at Texas Christian University!

Things are looking up. (Double entendre intended.)