Friday, October 10, 2008


Connecticut has legalized same-sex marriage, being the third state to do so behind Massachusetts and California. I discovered this through The Feminist Underground, which is kind of sad since I live in Connecticut. Anyway, the New York Times is reporting a 4-3 split on the upperest level court in Connecticut over the decision to legalize same-sex marriage, and Governor Rell has said, "The Supreme Court has spoken. I do not believe their voice reflects the majority of the people of Connecticut. However, I am also firmly convinced that attempts to reverse this decision -- either legislatively or by amending the state Constitution -- will not meet with success".

I am a little confused about that logic; according to Governor Rell, the majority of people in Connecticut are not in favor of straight up same-sex marriage (and I'm not sure if that is true). So, if that is the case, why would something like California's Prop. 8 not meet with success? I'm in no way wishing my state put forth such legislation, and I do happen to believe that if it were placed on the ballot it would not meet with success. But I also think that the statement from Governor Rell is a half-hearted attempt at best to offer some resistance to the idea that homosexuals have (or should have) all of the rights of heterosexual citizens. Her statement that any attempt to reverse the decision would not work seems to be implicitly demonstrating the belief that the Right is on the losing side of this particular culture war.

Anyway, go Connecticut! And congratulations to all of those who are now free to engage in the ridiculousness of weddings, and the beauty and entitlements and acceptance of marriage itself.

1 comment:

John said...

That response sounds a lot like a plea of "no contest" to me. But who cares, right? Justice has been served, and now cake shops in CT will have to start selling groom-and-groom and bride-and-bride toppers!