In a 4-3 decision that takes effect on October 28th, the Connecticut (hi gruppie!) Supreme Court grants marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Read the story.
"Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same sex partner of their choice," the majority wrote. "To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others."
One of the dissenters, Justice Peter Zarella, wrote: "The ancient definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman has its basis in biology, not bigotry. If the state no longer has an interest in the regulation of procreation, then that is a decision for the legislature or the people of the state and not this court."
Which makes me wonder... Was he being snarky or does a Justice of a state's Supreme Court actually believe that "the regulation of procreation" is a legitimate reason to deny the right of marriage to gay couples?
Also, according to some of the anti-gay-marriage arguments I've heard, this means that our dear gruppie is going to divorce her husband, abandon her children and take up with a lesbian! Because, you know... Gay marriage is legal, therefore all other types of marriages and families must be on the road to destruction.
Are there really people so obsessed with getting married that they're willing to go against their sexual orientation in order to be able to say they're married? And, if so, would these same people really divorce their spouses and abandon their families to go marry someone of their preferred gender just because it's legal now?
While I would not be surprised if there are cases where this is true, I cannot imagine that anyone would really believe that this happens so frequently that it is actually so much of a threat that it needs to be prevented at all cost.
What? Half the kids in elementary school will end up being abandoned by at least one previously-closeted parent?
Look, kids... Just because I can get married, doesn't make your marriage any less stable. OK? The fact that so many heterosexual couples have filed for divorce since June 17th has nothing to do with gay marriage becoming legal in California and everything to do with the farce that marriage has been allowed to turn into.
Do you want to protect marriage?