Wedding bells toll in Conn. for gay couples

Boston Globe
November 13, 2008
They said their vows holding hands, standing before a memorial to the 1839 Amistad slave revolt. Carved in its base were the words: "Make Us Free." Yesterday Peg Oliveira and Jennifer Vickery became the first couple to exercise their new freedom to wed under a court decision that makes Connecticut only the second state in the country to currently allow marriage equality. (Link)



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Gay couples to start to marry in Connecticut

Associated Press
November 12, 2008
Superior Court Judge Jonathan Silbert has scheduled a hearing Wednesday morning to enter the final judgment in the case that upholds marriages for same-sex couples in Connecticut. Once entered, couples can pick up marriage license forms at town and city clerk's offices, and some plan to get married immediately afterward. (Link)

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No One Said It Would Be Easy

Google Comments
November 6, 2008
Evan Wolfson writes, "We join in the nation’s celebration of the power of hope and take heed in President-elect Obama’s message from his victory speech that change doesn't come overnight, and we have to work for it. All of us, gay and non-gay, who support equality and fairness across our country must redouble our efforts and get involved." (Link)
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Equality’s Winding Path

New York Times
November 6, 2008
The Times editorial staff writes about anti-gay measures passing in California, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona: "We do not view these results as reason for despair. Struggles over civil rights never follow a straight trajectory, and the ugly outcome of these ballot fights should not obscure the building momentum for full equality for gay people, including acceptance of marriage between gay men and women. But the votes remind us of how much remains to be done before this bigotry is finally erased." (Link)

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Win in Connecticut

Question 1: Call a constitutional convention to amend the state constitution (threatening to eliminate marriage for same-sex couples)

Anti-gay constitutional question DEFEATED

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State To Allow Same-Sex Weddings Beginning Nov. 12

The Hartford Courant
November 4, 2008
There will be a moment in her wedding that Geraldine Artis has looked forward to for many years." Suzanne is planning to sing to me. She sings so beautifully," said Artis, 39, of her partner, Suzanne Artis, 37, after learning Monday that same-sex couples would be able to get married in Connecticut beginning Nov. 12. [Link]

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Same-Sex Couples Can Marry in Connecticut November 12

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
November 3, 2008
Same-sex couples will be able to marry in Connecticut starting Wednesday, November 12 at 9:15 a.m. That is the day that the state’s Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality in GLAD’s case Kerrigan and Mock v. Department of Public Health will officially become effective. (Link)
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Conn. ballot masks a battle

The Boston Globe
November 3, 2008
Opponents of marriage equality, including the state's Catholic bishops, are pushing hard for a convention because they believe it could lead to a direct ballot initiative to ban same-sex couples' marriages in Connecticut. [Link]

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Poll: Voter Alienation Fuels Backing For Constitutional Convention

The Hartford Courant
October 30, 2008
The poll found that 50 percent of voters support a convention to amend the state constitution and 39 percent are opposed. But 55 percent oppose writing discrimination against gay and lesbian couples into the state constitution. Nonetheless, the Family Institute of Connecticut, which opposes gay marriage and had been trying to organize support for amending the constitution to allow citizen initiative, was delighted by the timing. [Link]
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Coalition: Don’t Mess With State’s Constitution

The Day
October 29, 2008
A coalition of labor leaders, municipal and state officials and nonprofit groups urged Connecticut voters Tuesday to vote against calling a state constitutional convention when they go to the polls next week. (Link)
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