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In a 4-3 decision, Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples have the same right to marry as heterosexual couples do.
The lawsuit was brought in 2004 after eight same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses and sued, saying their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process were violated.
They said the state’s marriage law, if applied only to heterosexual couples, denied them of the financial, social and emotional benefits of marriage.
Any financial benefits to marriage had already been addressed by Governor Rell’s civil union law. As for the social and emotional benefits of marriage, how can a court decision ever supply those? In the eyes of a clear majority of Americans, homosexuals simply cannot ever be married. That’s something that a court decision can never change.
What will change? Look for the Catholic church to get out of facilitating adoptions in Connecticut. They will never place children with homosexual couples, so they will be forced–as they have been in Massachussetts–to stop providing this service.
What else will change? Well, I’m not sure what argument could ever satisfy the Connecticut Supreme Court that marriage should be limited to two people. Any argument I can think of would be along the same lines as the arguments against homosexual marriages. Within a generation, polygamy will be allowed.
What does our gutsy Governor have to say about all this?
“The Supreme Court has spoken,” Rell said in a statement. “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.”
In other words, shut up and take it. How nice to have a “Republican” in the governor’s mansion.