Vermont legalizes gay marriage. Special note: Vermont Governor Douglas is an idiot. "What really disappoints me is that we have spent some time on an issue during which another thousand Vermonters have lost their jobs," the governor said Tuesday. "We need to turn out attention to balancing a budget without raising taxes, growing the economy, putting more people to work." Some of those Vermonters who lost their job are depending on their spouses for monetary support. Equal Marriage is an economic issue.