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Connecticut has just become the third state in the country to legalize gay marriage, joining Massachusetts and California. The state’s Supreme Court ruled today that the state’s marriage law is unconstitutional because it discriminates against gay couples. Eight same-sex couples sued in 2004, saying their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process were violated when they were denied marriage licenses. Check back for updates on this breaking story. Here’s a link to one of the early reports. Also, in case you’re wondering, Connecticut does not currently have an initiative process whereby opponents of same-sex marriage could put a constitutional amendment on the ballot. However, anti-gay groups are urging voters to convene a Constitutional Convention this year. By law, the Constitutional Convention question must appear on the ballot every 20 years. You can read more about that process here. Obviously, gay rights advocates are pleased with the court’s decision, but some are questioning whether the timing is good only a few weeks before a presidential election. The fear is that having a third state legalize gay marriage will motivate evangelical voters.
Here’s a link to a moving video clip from The Hartford Courant. Watch as one of the plaintiff couples learns about the ruling.