Hat Tip: the self-imposed-Moratorium-bound Brendan Loy. :)
Connecticut on Wednesday became the second state to recognize same-sex civil unions, and the first to do so without court pressure.
About an hour after the state Senate sent the legislation to her desk, Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed a bill that will allow thousands of gay and lesbian couples in Connecticut to be given the same rights and obligations as heterosexual couples, but not an actual marriage license.
“The vote we cast today will reverberate around the country and it will send a wave of hope to many people, to thousands of people across the country,” said Sen. Andrew McDonald, co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and one of a few openly gay state lawmakers.
Last week, the House of Representatives amended the bill at the governor’s urging to define marriage under Connecticut law as existing between one man and one woman.
The Senate gave final legislative approval to the amended bill Wednesday afternoon on a 26-8 vote.
“I have said all along that I believe in no discrimination of any kind and I think that this bill accomplishes that, while at the same time preserving the traditional language that a marriage is between a man and a woman,” Rell said after signing the bill into law…
…The Family Institute of Connecticut planned a rally for Sunday in opposition to the bill. Brian Brown, the group’s executive director, said they will still gather, but with a new focus.
“From now until 2006, our mission will be to let every person know in the state of Connecticut which lawmakers voted to redefine marriage, and which lawmakers voted to protect marriage,” he said.
Actually, every single member of the House majority that voted For the bill as Amended, and of the overwhelming Senate majority that did the same yesterday, voted to explicitly Redefine Marriage as being between one Man & one Woman only. As did the Governor when she put Pen to Parchment on Wednesday.
But Nevermind about that Now, I’m just Sure the Family Institute of Connecticut will sort it all out eventually.