Friday, October 10, 2008

Connecticut Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier today Connecticut joined Massachusetts (2004) and California (2008) to become the third state in the union that recognizes gay marriages. Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in the case of Kerrigan v. Connecticut Department of Public Health that same-sex couples can't be denied the right to marry under the state constitution.

The Honorable Richard Palmer wrote the following in the majority opinion: "Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same sex partner of their choice. To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others."

Outside of the United States same-sex marriages are currently legal in Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, and South Africa. On January 1, 2009 gay marriage will also be permitted in Norway.

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