Connecticut began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday morning. The Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled in October that banning same-sex marriage violated the state constitution. Connecticut was the third state to legalize same-sex marriage, even though the status of same-sex marriage rights in California is now in flux.
In response to the official judgment in the case, Attorney Ben Klein of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), who argued the case before the Connecticut State Supreme Court, said “when couples approach the counter of their town clerk today, we will see not just loving, committed couples, but citizens coming before their government as equals.”
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said “it’s a joyous day in Connecticut as hundreds of loving, committed couples prepare to receive the ultimate recognition of their relationships by receiving civil marriage licenses. And it’s a historic day for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the nation, who may have suffered a setback last Tuesday, but know that our fight for equality goes on.”