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Connecticut Supreme Court to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage Today


The Connecticut Supreme Court will rule today on a case which I reported on back in May 2007, in which same-sex couples in Connecticut argued that their civil unions' separate-but-equal status did not measure up to marriage rights.

On the Supreme Court's website it looks as though there are three dissents forthcoming. A 4-3 split? We'll see after 11:30 am.

Via FOX 61:

"The court says it will rule Friday on whether same-sex couples in the state are legally entitled to marriage. Eight same-sex couples sued in 2004, saying their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process were violated when they were denied marriage licenses. The plaintiffs want the court to rule that the state's marriage law discriminates against them because it applies only to heterosexual couples, therefore denying gay couples the financial, social and emotional benefits of marriage."

Argued attorney Bennett Klein at the time: "Here the lesbian and gay couples have been relegated to a less prestigious, less advantageous, institution...Depriving same-sex couples of the word marriage is a way of depriving them of equality as couples and families. Marriage is not just a bundle of legal rights. It is a status that the state confers on people, and it's a status that has with it profound personal meaning to individuals."

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  1. According to the CT Supreme Court site, the decision will be available after 11:30. It looks like a split court, with three dissents being written....

    Posted by: MAJeff | Oct 10, 2008 10:19:43 AM

  2. Hopefully this ruling will go our way, but I wish they could have waited until after the election on this. We don't need to fan any more fires.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 10, 2008 10:20:47 AM

  3. I also kind of wish it would have waited...if they come out against gay marriage I think it may hurt us... at the very least there will be alot of negative publicity. It's hard to second guess the reactions... flip a coin. Either way, time is on our side... marriage equality is the right thing to do and will happen eventually... sooner hopefully than later. The California decision was well considered and thoughtful, hopefully Connecticut will follow suit.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 10, 2008 10:43:34 AM

  4. The Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs. The concluding paragraph:

    Like these once prevalent views, our conventional
    understanding of marriage must yield to a more contem-
    porary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitu-
    tional protection. Interpreting our state constitutional
    provisions in accordance with firmly established equal
    protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion
    that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise
    qualified same sex partner of their choice. To decide
    otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitu-
    tional principles to gay persons and another to all oth-
    ers.83 The guarantee of equal protection under the law,
    and our obligation to uphold that command, forbids us
    from doing so. In accordance with these state constitu-
    tional requirements, same sex couples cannot be denied
    the freedom to marry.

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 10, 2008 11:32:49 AM

  5. WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Aaron | Oct 10, 2008 11:34:02 AM

  6. Do they really need to announce a decision right before a presidential election??? Either way it goes, it's bound to needlessely interject the volotile issue back into the race.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 10, 2008 11:36:52 AM

  7. Damn right we won!

    Posted by: Rafael | Oct 10, 2008 11:54:32 AM

  8. Rob, Sen. Obama and Sen Biden, have been smart enough to play the issue to their advantage, they have taken a mere political stand which is not so different from that of their opponents, thus neutralizing any possibility of an attack. Besides we must always act upon the "fierce urgency of now" when it relates to civil liberties and equality.

    Posted by: Rafael | Oct 10, 2008 12:05:16 PM

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