A Justice of the Peace is 'delighted' in ruling
I was simply delighted to hear that the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in fair of marriage equality last week in its 4-3 decision when it decided in favor of eight same-sex couples who sued the state in 2004 when they were first denied marriage licenses.
In its ruling, the Court said that civil unions, which Connecticut first offered same-sex couples just three years ago, do not provide equal protection guaranteed by the state Constitution.
Connecticut will not appeal the ruling and becomes the third state, after Massachusetts and California, to legalize marriages for same-sex couples.
As a justice of the peace who has been officiating at wedding ceremonies for opposite-sex couples since 2000 and for same-sex couples since 2005, I am very proud to say that I live in the state of Connecticut.
Revised licenses for marriage, for those of us who have had civil unions, and for those same-sex couples thinking about getting married, will be available at Town Clerk's offices beginning on Oct. 28, when the law takes effect.
For more information please see http://www.jpus.org and/or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph A. Mustich