Alex Blaze

Congrats to Connecticut

Filed By Alex Blaze | November 12, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Connecticut, connecticut catholic conference, Connecticut Supreme Court, gay marriage, marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage started today in Connecticut. With all that's going on in California, it's important not to forget our victories.

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With a final order entered, couples marched to New Haven City Hall to get marriage licenses, and less than two hours after the final court hearing, Peg Oliveira and Jennifer Vickery were married in a brief ceremony.

"I feel so happy," said Vickery, a 44-year-old attorney. "It's so much more emotional than I expected."

The Connecticut Supreme 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.

"Today, Connecticut sends a message of hope an inspiration to lesbian and gay people throughout this country who simply want to be treated as equal citizens by their government," said the plaintiff's attorney, Bennett Klein.

They're also going to do something a little more elegant than "Party 1" and "Party 2," which they put on the California marriage license applications:

According to the state public health department, 2,032 civil union licenses were issued in Connecticut between Oct. 2005 and July 2008.

The health department had new marriage applications printed that reflect the change. Instead of putting one name under "bride" and the other under "groom," couples will see two boxes marked "bride/groom/spouse."

Since Question 1 failed last week, there's not chance that this will be on the ballot for at least 20 years. That's a long time when it comes to this sort of thing.


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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | November 12, 2008 5:41 PM

And, the march towards full equality for LGBT people goes on.

Congratulations Connecticut!

Optimism HAS been difficult for many of us this past week; thanks for a reminder of hope!

But do these couples REALLY have the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties, or the right to acquire, possess, and protect property, if so many of their marriage rights dissolve when they travel? Are they now legal prisoners of their own state? Esp. where it concerns children, this state-by-state business is the MOST sickening aspect of our quest for equality - if the laws right now were human beings they would be classified as criminally-insane.

So one thing I have not heard in the news yet do they have a residency requirement or can anyone "go there just to get married"? Additionally has anyone heard there friends say they are moving to the nutmeg state since they knw they wont have to worry about it getting overturned for 20 years