Connecticut Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
According to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, it was expected that his state officially would legalize same-sex marriage the week of November 10. He said that thanks to a landmark state Supreme Court decision, Connecticut will allow same-sex marriages to occur, and those entering into such unions should be treated the same as individuals in opposite-sex marriages, the Connecticut Post reported. The court’s ruling came in the case of Kerrigan & Mock et al. v. Connecticut Department of Public Health, in which eight same-sex couples were attempting to earn the right to marry.
California Gay-Wedding Ban Court Challenge
The American Civil Liberties Union and two gay-rights groups are challenging a voter-passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California. The groups filed a writ of petition with the state Supreme Court challenging Proposition 8 as being an improper use of a ballot initiative to strip homosexuals of a fundamental constitutional right. A similar writ, filed before the election on the grounds the proposition should not have been on the ballot, was rejected without comment. ACLU said the rejection did not prohibit it from trying again. Proposition 8 was put on the ballot in response to a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that declared same-sex marriage to be legal. The measure was considered to have passed by a narrow margin, although the official opposition group stated it would not concede until absentee ballots were counted.
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