Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making that 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.
Even better, because the ruling was based on the state’s constitution, it cannot be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Further, Connecticut Governor Rell says that she disagrees with the ruling but will not fight it. So there you go: 3 down, 47 to go.
Congratulations to all of those CT couples that are about to tie the knot!