Holy! Same-Sex Couples Free to Marry in Connecticut!

This morning the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional for the state to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.The ACLU of Connecticut was co-counsel in the case, Kerrigan & Mock et al v. Connecticut Department of Public Health, along with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.

Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote in the decision:

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… To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others.

This decision was a loooong time coming. The case was first 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 have now been together for between 10 and 32 years, and are raising a total of 14 children.

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell has said that she won't fight the ruling.

Want to learn more about how to fight for relationship recognition for same-sex couples? Visit the ACLU LGBT Project’s online toolkit, Get Busy, Get Equal!

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Michael Lewis

Wisdom from a hundred+ years ago....

March 29, 1901

Equality is a beautiful thing, as is a desert plain in certain aspects, but it is apt to grow monotonous, and is far from being the panacea for political and social ills that theorists predicate of it. Strangely but truly, it is the recognition of the very opposite doctrine of inequality that bids fair to bear fruit, in the betterment of the world. It may be difficult, inexpedient, to make our municipal laws and political institutes other than strait-jackets for the many; yet it is only in so far as we recognize and consider the extreme difference between individuals in character and capacity, that we are enabled to arrive at just judgements and comprehend the prevailing conditions and the steps necessary to be taken, whether sanitary, educational, admonitory, expiatory, punitive, regenerative, or other and pertinent, to rescue the one and benefit all. While the general and essential likeness of the genus homo* is readily recognized and measures adopted accordingly, the inequality or differentiation of individuals, which increases with the advance and complexity of civilization, is not sufficiently appreciated and acted upon in practice and estimate.

Save the citizen and you save the state; but, remember, you can not do this, unless you treat him as your darling child, peculiarly constituted, singularly brought up, and worthy of your tender consideration and finest analysis.
Edwin Manners....Princeton Class of 1877...Columbia Law School LL.B. 1879

Michael Lewis

Wisdom from a hundred+ years ago….

March 29, 1901

Equality is a beautiful thing, as is a desert plain in certain aspects, but it is apt to grow monotonous, and is far from being the panacea for political and social ills that theorists predicate of it. Strangely but truly, it is the recognition of the very opposite doctrine of inequality that bids fair to bear fruit, in the betterment of the world. It may be difficult, inexpedient, to make our municipal laws and political institutes other than strait-jackets for the many; yet it is only in so far as we recognize and consider the extreme difference between individuals in character and capacity, that we are enabled to arrive at just judgements and comprehend the prevailing conditions and the steps necessary to be taken, whether sanitary, educational, admonitory, expiatory, punitive, regenerative, or other and pertinent, to rescue the one and benefit all. While the general and essential likeness of the genus homo* is readily recognized and measures adopted accordingly, the inequality or differentiation of individuals, which increases with the advance and complexity of civilization, is not sufficiently appreciated and acted upon in practice and estimate.

Save the citizen and you save the state; but, remember, you can not do this, unless you treat him as your darling child, peculiarly constituted, singularly brought up, and worthy of your tender consideration and finest analysis.
Edwin Manners….Princeton Class of 1877…Columbia Law School LL.B. 1879

Flower Mound HS...

Ok I'm totally against some of this aclu stuff, this is wrong and we all know it. I don't treat gays any other way, but according to our law AND MAY I REMIND YOU THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS FOUNDED THI8 COUNTRY OFF THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE HOLY BIBLE. Now anyone can be gay I've talked to my priest, we talked about what you can and can't do according to the bible.
1. As a gay person, you can live the same as any other person on earth as long as you keep to the faith.
2. You may not encounter in intercourse.
3. You may not have relationships with the same person.
4. You can't go out and support gay rights.

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