Connecticut OKs Civil Unions
Gay rights groups were pushing for marriage, but this is still a victory over the Reich. Unfortunately, to get civil unions, Governor Jodi Rell wanted a marriage amendment to move forward. (Reuters):
Connecticut became the first U.S. state on Wednesday to legalize civil unions for gay couples without the prodding of a court, following an overwhelming approval of the state legislature and a prompt signature by Gov. Jodi Rell.
The State Senate voted 26-8 in favor of establishing civil unions giving same-sex couples all of the rights afforded married couples under state law, such as inheritance and hospital visitation. The bill does not affect any federal rights, such as the filing of federal income taxes.
Rell, a Republican, signed the civil unions bill into law shortly after the vote. The law takes effect on Oct. 1.
“I have said all along that I believe in no discrimination of any kind,” Rell said. “And I think that this bill accomplishes that, while at the same time preserving the traditional language that marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Rell only agreed to support the legislation after lawmakers approved an amendment she had asked for that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman. It also restricts civil unions to same sex couples over the age of 18.