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October 10, 2008

Marriage Equality Victory in Connecticut!

In an historic decision, Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled today that gay and lesbian couples in the Constitution State deserve marriage. Not domestic partnerships or civil unions, but full and equal marriage and the respect and security that only marriage provides.

Today’s ruling, in GLAD’s case Kerrigan & Mock et all v. Connecticut Department of Public Health, makes Connecticut the second state in New England—and the third in the United States—to swing open the doors to true equality for lesbian and gay couples.

“Today’s victory fulfills the hopes and dreams of gay and lesbian families to live as full and equal citizens in Connecticut,” says GLAD attorney Bennett Klein.  “Marriage is unparalleled in the dignity, respect and protection it gives families.”

Plaintiffs Beth Kerrigan and Jodie Mock expressed their joy at hearing the decision: “We are overjoyed to tell our twin boys that we will be married, just like their friends’ parents.  We are profoundly grateful to live in a state which recognizes our equality.”

Q&A on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

  • Attorney Ben Klein explains the decision (Audio)
  • Read the decision
    Read GLAD’s statement
    Read a statement from Love Makes a Family

    News Coverage:
    Video: GLAD and Love Makes a Family Press Conference
    Hartford Courant: Gay Marriage Target Date in CT is November 10
    The Advocate, November, 2008: Connecticut Rings In
    New York Times
    Hartford Courant
    Boston Globe

    More information on the decision