Despite setbacks in California, Florida and Arizona, there is some good news: this week Connecticut officially opened it's doors to marriage equality and began issues marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Last month, on October 10, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that gay couples must have the same rights to marriage as straight couples. And now that ruling has gone into effect.
Among the couples that gathered in New Haven, Peg Oliveira and Jennifer Vickery (pictured, above) were the first same-sex couple in Connecticut to exchange vows and become legally married.
"Today, Connecticut sends a message of hope and inspiration to lesbian and gay people throughout this country who simply want to be treated as equals by their government," Ben Klein, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, said shortly after the final ruling was issued. The Connecticut decision, Klein said, is "living proof that marriage equity is alive and well and making progress in this country."
Congratulations to all of the couples in Connecticut who are now able to legally marry! Be sure to read the complete story in today's Boston Globe.