Saturday, October 11, 2008

From (via NYT) the Nutmeg State

October 11, 2008

Gay Marriage Is Ruled Legal in Connecticut

A sharply divided Connecticut Supreme Court struck down the state’s civil union law on Friday and ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Connecticut thus joins Massachusetts and California as the only states to have legalized gay marriages.

The ruling, which cannot be appealed and is to take effect on Oct. 28, held that a state law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, and a civil union law intended to provide all the rights and privileges of marriage to same-sex couples, violated the constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

Striking at the heart of discriminatory traditions in America, the court — in language that often rose above the legal landscape into realms of social justice for a new century — recalled that laws in the not-so-distant past barred interracial marriages, excluded women from occupations and official duties, and relegated blacks to separate but supposedly equal public facilities.

Huzzah! Connecticut finally steps the hell up! Remember, kids- states do each other the courtesy of recognizing the validity of others' state laws. As go these three, so go the other forty-seven- and in twenty more years, we'll shake our heads in amazement that we ever fought against a natural, legal, fair, American state of affairs.

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