The Connecticut Supreme Court today issued an astounding opinion on a gay marriage case, saying that the unavailability of marriage to all people is unconstitutional. The language, particularly addressing the inequality of the state’s currently available civil unions, was unbelievably stern. “Especially in light of the long and undisputed history of invidious discrimination that gay persons have suffered … we cannot discount the plaintiffs’ assertion that the legislature, in establishing a statutory scheme consigning same sex couples to civil unions, has relegated them to an inferior status, in essence, declaring them to be unworthy of the institution of marriage…. Accordingly, we reject the trial court’s conclusion that marriage and civil unions are ‘separate’ but ‘equal’ legal entities.” Wow.
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