Ex-Gov. Douglas' memoir tackles gay marriage veto

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MONTPELIER (AP) - Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas has written a memoir that recounts his youth, career and Republican roots, from stuffing envelopes for presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964 to a present-day call for a return to civility in politics.

His book, "The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State," will be released Wednesday.

Among other things, Douglas discusses his veto of the gay marriage bill passed by the state Legislature in 2009. He says he was acting on conscience, not out of any objection to same-sex couples.

He says he thought marriage was worth preserving in its traditional form, but he wouldn't speculate on what he would do if he faced the same decision today.

Lawmakers overrode his veto.


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