MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas says he will veto a bill to legalize gay marriage if it passes the Legislature.

The Republican had said even before Wednesday's announcement that he was against same-sex marriage.

He also has said lawmakers shouldn't have spent their time on the bill this session because of the economy and the state's budget deficit.

A bill passed the Senate this week that would replace the state's first-in-the-nation civil unions law with one that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry. The House is now considering similar legislation.