Thursday, April 21, 2005

Connecticut Obtains Common Sense (At Least Some)

Yesterday, Connecticut became the second state to offer civil unions to gay couples (after Vermont), and, unlike Vermont, the Connecticut legislature did this without being forced by the courts. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed into law a bill that will afford same-sex couples in Connecticut many of the rights and privileges of married couples, while still defining marriage under Connecticut law as between one man and one woman.

CNB is extremely curious to see how the folks will try to connect this to "activist judges", in that this was a wholly legislative process. It would be very interesting to see if the same folks who pushed for Congressional action for Terri Schiavo claim that this is legislative overreaching.

Somewhat related: a Tennessee state senator, who is sponsoring a bill defining marriage as solely heterosexual, is being sued for divorce by his wife due to his "inappropriate marital conduct."