Connecticut has become the third state in the US to legalize Gay Marriage.
Today, their supreme court voted 4-3 for the plaintiffs in Kerrigan and Mock v The Connecticut Department of Public Health (which oversees marriage in Connecticut), which basically legalized same-sex marriage in that state.
pictured, Kerrigan and Mock.
Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote, "The segragation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognizable harm."
The plaintiff couples were represented by Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD, if you'd like to send them a check) and Maureen Murphy of Murphy, Murphy, Nugent in New Haven; Kenneth J. Bartschi of Horton, Shields & Knox in Hartford; and the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union.
So basically, today we like lawyers.
This means I get to raise a glass of pinot noir in celebration this evening, whilst listening to the happy upbeat rhythms of Peter Allen singing "Rio" instead of the scotch neat I was going to have to pour myself with my record needle set to Billie Holiday after learning about the Ft. Lauderdale Mayor's support of a Florida ballot measure which hopes to permanently forbid gay marriage.
If you didn't hear, the extremely gay town of Ft. Lauderdale has a mayor - Jim Naugle, if you'd like to write him - who is a Democrat and anti-gay. Florida currently has Amendment 2 up for the vote - spearheaded by Yes2Marriage - which would put on the books that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."
Basically they are trying to stay one step ahead of us and put into a law something to the effect of "we don't give a rat's ass if the State Supreme Court says we have to allow rights to those peksy Jews and blacks.... I mean, homosexuals, um, and we just ain't gonna do it. Now ma, get me my viddles and play me a tune on that ther fiddle, will ya?"
People, this ruling today is only going to piss off those that seek to oppose us, so please consider giving a check to defeat Prop 8 and Amendment 2 in Florida. We need you.
As the song from Dreamgirls goes, We Are A Family and we're growing strong, so no matter where you are in the US, make a donation to those they are fighting for our rights, and make sure to vote!
To inspire you, here are 1100 lgbt voices singing in unison at an outdoor sing along of Dreamgirls belting out, We Are A Family...