Connecticut becomes the third state, after Massachusetts and California, in which same-sex couples can wed. The decision will likely to take effect shortly after November 7, Marriage is unparalleled in the dignity, respect, and protection it gives families. In May , GLAD argued before the Supreme Court that the denial of marriage by the civil union law was arbitrary and failed to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires.
Couple Weds After Gay Marriage Legalized in Connecticut
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Minutes after a judge entered a final ruling, the New Haven city clerk's office issued its first marriage license to a gay couple. It went to Barbara and Robin Levine-Ritterman of New Haven, one of the eight couples who successfully challenged a state law prohibiting gay marriage. They said their vows and exchanged rings in a brief ceremony led by state Appellate Court Judge F. Herbert Gruendel. It was unknown if theirs was the first in Connecticut, as marriage licenses became available in each of the state's communities at a. Celebrating couples, some carrying red roses, streamed into the clerk's office to get their licenses.
Massachusetts Court Limits Gay Marriage to Residents
A divided state Supreme Court struck down a civil union law, making the state the third to legalize same-sex marriage. 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. 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.
Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is the marriage of people of the same sex or gender. In , a same-sex couple in Minnesota applied for a marriage license and was denied. The case was brought to the Minnesota Supreme Court and brought the question of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples to the public attention. Unfortunately, many of these early cases were unsuccessful.
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