Short and very sweet

October 13, 2008 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

The Supreme Court of Connecticut (USA) ruled on Friday, 10/10/08, by a 4-3 majority, that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the state’s constitution. The ruling is binding and not appealable.

Connecticut is now only the third state in the US that recognises and allows same-sex marriages, following Massachusetts and California. Moreover, it is:

“…  the first state high court ruling to hold that civil union statutes specifically violated the equal protection clause of a state constitution.”

To understand what this means to the proponents of the case, think about the nomenclature used NOT to allow same-sex marriage by allowing instead same-sex civil unions and recognising same-sex domestic partnerships. Just not Marriage.

“Although marriage and civil unions do embody the same legal rights under our law, they are by no means equal,” Justice Palmer wrote in the majority opinion, joined by Justices Flemming L. Norcott Jr., Joette Katz and Lubbie Harper. “The former is an institution of transcendent historical, cultural and social significance, whereas the latter is not.”

Read the article here and the judgement here.

Personally, I’m in the other camp. To me, marriage is merely a civil union, a state-sanctioned contract that carries social, moral and legal responsibilities. I don’t need the state to meddle in my personal commitments, to tell me that I have to marry to benefit from infrastructure that my taxes pay for. I think we should call marriages civil unions, and recognise all de facto relationships, rather than the other way round.

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