Good news in Connecticut!

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Good news from Connecticut this morning: The CT Supreme Court ruled that the state's marriage laws apply to same-sex couples making it the third state to allow same-sex marriage. Even better news: The governor, Jodi Rell, though she does not agree with the decision, will not challenge it. Of course challenges may come from elsewhere. There is a question on the November ballot asking whether direct initiatives should be allowed in CT, as they are in CA, where voters in November will be able to decide directly whether the state's constitution should be amended to expressly limit marriage to couples who fit the one man and one woman formula.

Here's a link to the Connecticut decision (PDF). Click here to read more.

In related news, please remember that voters in California will decide in November whether that state remains among states where marriage equality is the law. California became the second state, after Massachusetts, to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. In response, immediately, anti-equality voters put together Proposition 8 which would add the following words to the state's constitution: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." In order for the ballot initiative to pass and the constitution of the state to be amended, a simple majority of votes is needed.

You can help oppose Proposition 8 here and here.

Florida voters will also decide whether to amend their constitutions to restrict marriage rights. The summary of Amendment 2 reads "This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."

Opposing Amendment 2 in Florida is a group one might not initially expect to see on the roster of same-sex marriage supporters: Florida Alliance of Retired Americans. In fact, because the language of the measure threatens domestic partner recognition there is great concern among elderly domestic partner couples and other heterosexual domestic partner couples. Support the Vote No on 2 effort here.

Quick poll: How many of you think that states ought to control marriage laws and that marriage rights should vary from state to state? (I know, it's a dangerous question!)

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