Yes, we already do have gay marriage. However, as with all other states allowing gay marriage except for Vermont, we have it as a result of judicial action rather than legislative action. In the eyes of many people, this makes it less “legitimate” than a decision from our elected officials who represent us more directly.
However, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Love Makes a Family are trying to pass SB 899: An Act Implementing the Guarantee of Equal Protection under the Constitution of the State for Same-Sex Couples. According to the HRC:
The bill would remove demeaning anti-gay language from Connecticut statutes, provide a means for merging civil unions and marriages by October 2010, and provide for recognition of marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships from other states.
National right wing organizations have moved into Connecticut with ads and robocalls aimed at scaring voters into believing that marriage equality is harmful. Please take action today and help protect the right to marry for all Connecticut couples in a loving, committed relationship.
To easily send a letter to your state representative and senator online (Rep Joe Serra, Senator Paul Doyle if you use your Wesleyan address) , use this handy-dandy “Take Action” form online. Make sure to use a Connecticut address. The bill is being voted on in the Senate *today*, so do this ASAP (if it conforms to your political beliefs, obviously).
[Update 8:56 pm] According to theday.com, the Senate voted 28-7 tonight to approve SB 899 (woohoo!!) The House is debating it now, so still write to your representative! Way to go, CT Senate!
[Update 12:40 am] AP is reporting that the House also approved the bill 100-44. They’re also reporting that Jodi Rell (our Republican governor) will sign it. It passed! Wooo! Thanks to everyone who supported it. I’m proud of Connecticut.