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