Good news on the equality front as yet another state has ruled that gays have a right to get married:
The Connecticut Supreme Court just released its decision in the case of Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health. By a 4-3 decision, the Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry:
We conclude that, in light of the history of pernicious discrimination faced by gay men and lesbians, 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.
UPDATE: Connecticut’s Republican Governor, Jodi Rell, won’t fight the ruling:
“I disagree with today’s State Supreme Court ruling but as governor, I will uphold it. I continue to believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
I also believe that the historic civil union law that I proudly signed in 2005 is equitable and just. We were the first state to enact such a law through legislative action and not a court mandate.
The Supreme Court has spoken. I do not believe their voice reflects the majority of the people of Connecticut. However, I am also firmly convinced that attempts to reverse this decision – either legislatively or by amending the state Constitution – will not meet with success. I will therefore abide by the ruling.”
Considering that Connecticut already had passed a Civil Union law that gave gays the right to everything by the name “marriage” for their contract it’s pretty amazing that the Supreme Court would still rule in this fashion. This makes three states where equality has finally been granted to homosexuals wishing to get married. With any luck this is the start of an ongoing trend.