Friday, April 24, 2009

Connecticut Gov. Signs Same-sex Marriage into Law

In 2005, Connecticut was one of only two states with legal civil unions. We've come a long way, baby.

-- From "Gov. Rell Signs Gay Marriage Bill" The Hartford Courant 4/23/09

Both the House and the Senate spent hours yesterday debating Senate Bill 899, which passed only after an amendment was added that provides an exemption to groups who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

Opponents of same-sex marriage said the compromise amendment was necessary to protect religious liberties.

Today, Connecticut and three other states permit gays and lesbians to marry and several other states, including New Hampshire and New Jersey, permit civil unions.

Under the terms of Senate Bill 899, the civil union law will expire in October 2010 and all existing civil unions will be automatically converted to marriages.

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