Gay Marriage to Become Legal in Connecticut

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Homosexuals in Connecticut will be allowed to legally get married starting on or after Nov. 10.

The state Supreme Court handed down a 4-3 decision on Oct. 10 that same-sex couples have the right to wed rather enter into a civil union - a legal arrangement designed afford gays the same rights as married couples.

The decision became official Tuesday with its publication in the Connecticut Law Journal.

In the majority opinion, Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote that denying marriage to same-sex couples would create separate standards.

"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," Palmer wrote, according to The Huffington Post.

But the Family Institute of Connecticut has a different opinion.

"Even the legislature, as liberal as ours, decided that marriage is between a man and a woman," said executive director Peter Wolfgang. "This is about our right to govern ourselves. It is bigger than gay marriage."

Still, Connecticut is moving forward with the decision.

The state Department of Public Health will be printing out new marriage applications reflecting the change. Rather than putting one name under "bride" and the other under "groom," there will be two boxes marked "bride/groom/spouse."

The new forms are expected to be shipped out to city and town clerks later this week.

There is no residency requirement for marriage in Connecticut.

Connecticut is the third state behind Massachusetts and California to legalize gay marriage.

However, Californians will officially decide the issue on November 4 when they vote on Proposition 8 -- a measure that could legally define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Sources: CBN News, The Huffington Post, The Associated Press.

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