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Connecticut Supremes legalize same-sex marriage
Connecticut Supremes legalize same-sex marriage
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Three down, 47 to go. Connecticut's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage October 10, following in the footsteps of California and Massachusetts.

In a 4-3 decision, the justices said denying same-sex couples equal access to marriage violated the state constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.

"Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that Gay people are entitled to marry," the decision said. "To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others."

The ruling is expected to take effect around November 7. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he would not challenge the decision in any way.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she didn't like the ruling but has no plans to oppose it.

"The Supreme Court has spoken," she said. "I do not believe their voice reflects the majority of the people of Connecticut. However, I am also firmly convinced that attempts to reverse this decision - either legislatively or by amending the state constitution - will not meet with success."

The case was brought in 2004 in New Haven Superior Court on behalf of eight Gay and Lesbian Connecticut couples who had been denied marriage licenses. The couples now have been together for between 10 and 32 years and are raising a total of 14 children.

The court's 85-page decision can be read online at tinyurl.com/conndec.

Same-sex marriage also is legal in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa and Spain - and will become legal in Norway in January.

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