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.
“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.”
Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Case [tr]