Connecticut Same-Sex Couples Begin to Wed
Posted on Nov 12, 2008
In the face of California’s unsettling passage of Proposition 8 barring gay marriage, gay couples in Connecticut are beginning to exercise their equal rights after a final court hearing cleared the way for same-sex unions, ending a long legal battle in the Constitution State.
The L.A. Times:
A judge cleared the way today for gay marriage to begin Wednesday in Connecticut, a victory for advocates stung by California’s referendum that banned same-sex unions in that state.
Couples immediately marched to New Haven City Hall to get marriage licenses, and less than two hours after the final court hearing, Peg Oliveira and Jennifer Vickery were married in a brief ceremony next to New Haven City Hall.
“I feel so happy,” said Vickery, a 44-year-old attorney. “It’s so much more emotional than I expected.”
Gay marriage is legal now only in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The unions were legal in California until a statewide referendum to ban gay marriage narrowly passed last week. The vote has sparked protests and several lawsuits asking that state’s Supreme Court to overturn the prohibition.
The New York Times / Shana Sureck
Connecticut couples celebrate Wednesday outside New Haven City Hall after their right to marry was finally validated.