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Today the Vermont Senate is expected to pass the final version of the same-sex marriage bill — they have to reconcile the bill they passed with the one passed last week by the House.

If everything shakes out as planned, the bill will go to the governor for approval at the end of the day today. He's promised to veto it quickly, which means that the Senate could take it up tomorrow as early as 9 a.m. The House could get to it around 10. Hard to say exactly, though.

"Fair Game" columnist Shay Totten will be heading down to Montpelier to cover the override debate and vote. He'll be posting updates to his Twitter feed. We'll stream the feed onto our homepage, and we'll have a link to it here on the blog.

This vote is going to be very, very close. And it hits close to home for me — not just because I'm gay, but also because my two Winooski representatives, Ken Atkins and Clem Bissonette, both voted against the marriage bill.

The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force has been lobbying hard to convince them to switch their votes to override the governor's veto. I got a phone call over the weekend urging me to call my reps. And yesterday two Freedom to Marry volunteers showed up on our doorstep — Colin and Sarah, two of my straight neighbors! Their visit made my day.

I'm curious to see how it'll all turn out. Stay tuned...

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