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Subject: Conn. High Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Can Marry
Date Posted: 10/10/2008 12:21 PM ET
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The Associated Press
Friday, October 10, 2008; 12:12 PM


HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions.

The divided court ruled 4-3 that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.

"I can't believe it. We're thrilled, we're absolutely overjoyed. We're finally going to be able, after 33 years, to get married," said Janet Peck of Colchester, who was a plaintiff with her partner, Carole Conklin.

"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," Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote in the majority opinion that overturned a lower court finding. .....   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101001203.html?hpid=topnews


Date Posted: 10/10/2008 1:18 PM ET
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Good news!

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 8:39 PM ET
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What incredible news!  Woohoo!

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 1:12 AM ET
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What I don't understand is conservatives complaining that judges are defying the will of the people by allowing gays to marry.  Are they aware that a US Supreme Court decision invalidated laws banning inter-racial marriage??  Even though many americans supported those inter-racial bans.

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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 11:04 PM ET
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They're aware, Jason, they're just banking on most Americans not being aware.

Wow, what a great day for us!!

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 7:31 AM ET
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Wow - this is amazing news!!  Thanks for letting us know Sam!  I'm also impressed that this couple has been together for 33 years!  Bless their hearts for being that committed to each other to fight for their right to marry all the way to the Conn. supreme court.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 2:01 PM ET
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Great news! :D

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 8:12 AM ET
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