Friday, October 10, 2008

Conn. Supreme Court rules gay marriage legal

This news tip provided by the ever-awesome Dan - good luck with midterms! Here's what Dan sent me earlier:

In case ya'll haven't heard - Conn. high court rules gay couples can marry (from the AP):

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay couples have the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and
California to legalize such unions through the courts. The ruling comes just weeks before Californians go to the polls on a historic gay-marriage ballot question, the first time the issue will be put before voters in a state where same-sex couples are legally wed.

The 4-3 ruling is the first time that a state that had willingly offered an alternative to marriage was told by a court that civil unions aren't enough to protect the rights of gay couples. Connecticut was the first state to voluntarily pass laws to affirm civil unions.
I think it's now more important than ever that voters in CA send a strong message out to the the state supreme courts that this is unacceptable. This is a decision that must be left to the people and the legislatures. While it's a sensitive issue that must be addressed respectfully and with love and compassion as we were counseled on Wednesday night we must stand up for what we know to be true.

In a positive note I read an article from the No on 8 website which discussed their desperation to make up the $10 million dollar gap in fund raising between their campaign and the Yes' campaign. Interestingly enough they credited a large measure of the Yes on 8 fund raising success to the LDS church's support of the issue. This fight is far from over and still very close so we can't get cocky or stop praying but I know with the Lords help and our constant prayers we will be successful.

I think our success will be huge motivation to those in Connecticut who I hope will rise up to do the same. As I've said before...if we can do it in CA I think you can do it anywhere.

Keep praying and working and thanks for all you've done to support us!

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Anonsent said...

I like how you say that we should tell the courts how laws should be interpreted. Last I checked the courts job is to make sure that laws don't conflict with previous laws and no law over rides the First Ten Amendments. Prop 8 has nothing to do with the Bill of Rights, you can still express your religion and say that marriage is between boy/girl.