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Gay Couples Begin Marrying in Connecticut

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The final hearing finished this morning and gay couples can now be married in Connecticut:

"Connecticut on Wednesday became the second state to legalize gay marriage after a judge ruled that same-sex couples may pick up marriage license forms at town and city clerks' offices statewide. Many gay and lesbian couples were planning ceremonies later Wednesday. According to the state public health department, there have been 2,032 civil union licenses issued in Connecticut between Oct. 2005 and July 2008. The ruling Wednesday by New Haven Superior Court Judge Jonathan Silbert followed a historic decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court. The court ruled 4-3 on Oct. 10 that same-sex couples have the right to wed rather than accept a civil union law designed to give them the same rights as married couples."

As it should be across the nation.

Watch the CNN report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Connecticut became the THIRD state to legalize marriage for gay couples. California was second, even though the right was later eliminated.

    Posted by: Dan B | Nov 12, 2008 2:46:33 PM


  2. Nice to read happy news!

    You win some, you lose some... we need to start winning faster than we're losing.

    Posted by: Alan D | Nov 12, 2008 3:12:55 PM


  3. congrats CONNECTICUT!

    Posted by: KFLO | Nov 12, 2008 3:13:16 PM


  4. Anyone know if there are restrictions on out-of-state couples getting married in Conn. as there were originally in Mass.?

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 12, 2008 3:47:47 PM


  5. Matt, there is no out-of-state restrictions on the Connecticut ruling on same-sex marriage. The Massachusetts' restriction was not originally part of the same-sex ruling in the state, but was a moot anti-miscegenation law some legislator/group had scrounged up to prevent out-of-state gay and lesbian couples from marrying in Massachusetts, since it was the first state.

    That law was roundly defeated earlier this year due to a coalition of MassEquality (the group which primarily fought for same-sex marriage) and key black legislators and respected members of the community (some of whom are gay *and* black!) who were able to communicate the inherent racism in the old law (it was originally drafted to prevent out-of-state inter-racial couples from taking advantage of Massachusetts' allowance of such couplings at the time) and successfully make the connection between racism and anti-homosexual discrimination clear for their constituents (note to California...).

    So you can marry in both Massachusetts and Connecticut irrespective of whether you live in the states -- although, gay and lesbian couples still have to abide by the divorce rules which require one party to reside in the state for one year before bringing forward a decree.

    Posted by: Foochy | Nov 12, 2008 8:10:29 PM


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