You can’t stop this train from rolling, bitches!!!!
Gay marriage is legal in Connecticut as of today. The courts in the state decided it was legal a month ago, but today was the first day that couple’s could actually begin getting married. Barbara and Robin Levine-Ritterman, pictured above, filled out the paperwork, although they don’t plan on getting married right away.
â€œToday, Connecticut sends a message of hope and promise to lesbian and gay people throughout the country who want to be treated as equal citizens by their government,â€ said Ben Klein, a lawyer with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Boston group that litigated the Connecticut case. â€œIt is living proof that marriage equality is moving forward in this country.â€
Among the first couples actually to be married, just before 11 a.m., was Peg Oliveira, a 36-year-old yoga teacher, and Jen Vickery, a 44-year-old lawyer, who wed just outside City Hall with their 3-month-old daughter, Willow, and half a dozen friends watching. They exchanged rings, shared a story about how Ms. Oliveira proposed in the aisles of IKEA, and then had a slow, tender kiss after a friend, Judge F. Herbert Gruendel of the state appellate court, pronounced them married.
â€œWe decided that we wanted to hold out for the real thing,â€ Ms. Oliveira said of why the couple, together four years, had not entered into a civil union. â€œWeâ€™re not having a party. Parties are fun. Itâ€™s not about the celebrating piece of this. Itâ€™s about honoring the magnitude of the rights that we will be granted and we wanted to jump in and take advantage of that right away.â€
Civil unions have been legal in Connecticut since 2005, but several couples had sued the state, claiming that the civil unions laws were unConstitutional and that they should have the right to get married. And now they do!!! HOORAY!!!!
Connecticut is the second state to legalize gay marriage; it is already legal in Massachusetts. Vermont and New Hampshire allow civil unions.