Friday, October 10, 2008

BREAKING NEWS:Connecticut Court Rules FOR Marriage Equality!

The Connecticut Supreme Court posted its decision on Kerrigan v. Public Health -- a marriage equality case -- 17 minutes ago.

Here's the whole decision

Here's the bottom line:

We conclude that, in light of the history of pernicious discrimination faced by gay men and lesbians,1 and because the institution of marriage carries with it a status and significance that the newly created classification of civil unions does not embody, the segregation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognizable harm.

We also conclude that (1) our state scheme discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, (2) for the same reasons that classifications predicated on gender are considered quasi-suspect for purposes of the equal protection provisions of the United States constitution, sexual orientation constitutes a quasi-suspect classification for purposes of the equal protection provisions of the state constitution, and, therefore, our statutes discriminating against gay persons are subject to heightened or intermediate judicial scrutiny, and (3) the state has failed to provide sufficient justification for excluding same sex couples from the institution of marriage.


john said...

Mine eyes have seen the glory!

David said...

Praise God


IT said...

yeah, well, wait till the mormons and the other bigots pour $25million into amending THEIR constitution.

I'm getting married this weekend in CA.

Will I still be married on Nov 5th?


jerrydoubleu said...

Perhaps there is hope, pray in our lifetime, that this love which is gay, be felt and warm many hearts, that until now have remained cold. youtube/jerrydoubleu

John said...

"...our conventional understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection. 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." - pg 66

This ruling underscores how vitally important it is that CA Proposition 8 be defeated. Be assured the foes of Marriage Equality will be taking to their pulpits in full force this Sunday to get even more money pouring into the Yes on 8 campaign. Hopefully the message can be spread to Californians that rather than some liberal mistake, full Marriage Equality puts them in the lead on this progressive issue.