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- Vermont poised to pass legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
- It would be the first time a state took the action without being forced by courts
- Vermont's governor opposes the bill and has called the measure a 'distraction'
(CNN) -- Vermont is weighing a bill that could make it the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being prompted by the courts.
Vermont could become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without prompting from courts.
The state's House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday afternoon to consider a bill that the Vermont Senate passed Monday by a vote of 26-4.
The House is expected to pass the bill.
Republican Gov. Jim Douglas, however, has said he opposes the bill.