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Same-Sex Marriages Begin Today In Connecticut

Jim Burroway

November 12th, 2008

Marriages will become available sometime after 9:15 a.m.:

Superior Court Judge Jonathan Silbert has scheduled a hearing at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in New Haven to enter the final judgment in the case that allows same-sex marriages in Connecticut. Once the hearing ends, couples can pick up marriage license forms at town and city clerk’s offices.

It’s unclear how many couples will get married. The state public health department says 2,032 civil union licenses were issued in Connecticut between October 2005 and July 2008.

On October 10, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that gay couples had the right to marry under the Connecticut Constitution rather than settling for separate-but-almost-equal civil unions. On November 4, voters rejected a constitutional convention, which marriage opponents hoped would be their opportunity amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Connecticut’s constitution cannot be amended by an initiative process.

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Marla Stevens
November 12th, 2008 | LINK

Congratulations to all who marry in CT today!

al
November 12th, 2008 | LINK

This comment has been deleted due to more violations of our comments policy than I can even begin to count. It not only violated several of our rules, but it also managed to violate multiple rules of the English language.

Tavdy
November 12th, 2008 | LINK

This comment has been deleted due to more violations of our comments policy than I can even begin to count. It not only violated several of our rules, but it also managed to violate multiple rules of the English language.

One of the Freepers got lost?

Denise
November 12th, 2008 | LINK

Slowly, but surely I think we are marching toward equality. We have won one, and temporarily lost another, but only temporarily.

The Governator and legislature have thrown their support behind the procedural challenge to Prop 8′s placement on the ballot. In light of this, I am confident things will fall into place in CA, despite the horror of the election night returns (I was up until 5a watching from the East coast).

FL, AR, and AZ are another matter. They will take years (and realistically federal legislation or a Supreme Court decision) to undo. The Arkansas fostering and adoption ban especially makes me want to tear my hair out. 9000 kids need homes, and they want to *reduce* the number of available placement opportunities? I’m sure this makes a woman in unfortunate circumstances that much more eager to carry her pregnancy to term and give up the baby for adoption…

Elise
November 13th, 2008 | LINK

Poor Connecticut. The uproar over Prop 8 is completely overshadowing what ought to be a very proud moment for the state.

Still, congratulations, Connecticut, and best wishes to all your happy couples.

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