After more than three hours of debate and a handful of amendments the legislature’s Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 30 to 10, a bill which codifies the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision (CTBob: also referred to as the "Kerrigan decision").The ruling omits several amendments that were debated, such as one allowing religious institutions to refuse to allow certain couples the use of their public facilities, and one which would allow justices of the peace to refuse to officiate at a same-sex ceremony. Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, said when it comes to justices of the peace and retired judges, “we don’t want people picking and choosing what laws they uphold,” and the Kerrigan decision is now part of the state’s law.
The bill also removes gender references in state marriage laws and transforms existing same-sex civil unions into marriages as of October 2010. It now has to be approved by the General Assembly.
The only way the Kerrigan decision can be overturned now is through a constitutional amendment.
Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, who supported Morris’ amendment Monday said Connecticut is a tolerant state. He said even before the court issued its decision he felt the state’s legislature was moving toward approving same-sex marriage independent of a Supreme Court decision.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Judiciary Committee approves Marriage Equality
Christine Stuart over at CT News Junkie reports on the Judiciary Committee vote yesterday to codify marriage equality in Connecticut:
Posted by CT Bob at 3/31/2009 06:14:00 AM