My home state of Connecticut just became the third US state to permit gay marriage, and it came about in the same way as in Massachusetts (the first) and California (the second) — via a state Supreme Court decision (locally-cached version):

The [CT] state Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry swept through the state with the force of a cultural tidal wave.

While lead plaintiff Beth Kerrigan and her partner — soon to be wife — embraced and sobbed after learning of the ruling, opponents vowed to pursue a long and complicated route to change the constitution to ban gay marriage.

The Supreme Court released its historic ruling at 11:30 a.m. Citing the equal protection clause of the state constitution, the justices ruled that civil unions were discriminatory and that the state’s “understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection.”

“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,” the majority wrote. “To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others.”

There has been a storm of outrage, of course, as one would expect from among the immature tip of the Right wing:

The Family Institute of Connecticut, a political action group that opposes gay marriage, called the ruling outrageous.

“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.”

Wah wah wah. Too bad you cannot point to anyone on the planet who has ever been harmed because a gay couple got married (instead of just living together or getting a “civil union,” whatever the hell those are). Also his comment about self-governing is a non sequitur, since no one is forcing anyone to enter into a gay marriage — so calm yourself, Petey!

Looks like he also forgot that there is no single definition of marriage, it has changed through history, even within Judeo-Christian tradition. Note to the Religious Right™: Grow up and stop imposing your version of religion on other people.

Finally, a note to any who might be interested: As an ordained bishop in the Apathetic Agnostic Church, I am legally able to marry couples residing in Connecticut, and am more than willing to do so for gay couples who are committed to marriage. Use this Contact Form to get in touch with me about this (note, this is not a Comment box, use the Comments link for that).

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