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Connecticut Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage

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  1. This is extraordinary! Truly astonishing. Unless a federal ruling is made in Washington to reverse this, it will stand as an example and leader throughout the world.

    We are slowly getting there!

  2. Matty Pepprell 11 Oct 2008, 11:17am

    George Bush states that the judges are “activists” and by allowing gay marriage has no “regard for the will of the people” and that a “federal constitutional amendment may be needed” to define what marriage means.

    This should be translated as being not the will of George Bush. And what business is it of his anyhow? If want to get married to my boyfriend then I should be able to do just that. Bush does not have to notified of this, and as such has no effect on him or other couples that do not know me.

    Its just a shame that some people want to make it their business

  3. Robert, ex-pat Brit 11 Oct 2008, 1:26pm

    “The majority 4-3 opinion said that the “segregation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognizable harm.”

    Justice Richard Palmer added: “our state scheme discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation… and the state has failed to provide sufficient justification for excluding same sex couples from the institution of marriage.”

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

    Absolutely marvellous! Well done, Connecticut, you did the right thing! New Jersey will be next, then New York!

  4. Bill Perdue 11 Oct 2008, 9:08pm

    Connecticut is a huge victory precisely because it consciously replaces the second class status of civil unions with equality.

    The decision by the Connecticut Supremes exposes the contempt Obama and McCain have for the GLBT communities. They deliberately support civil unions vs. marriage because they’re religious bigots. They also support the notion of ‘states rights’, an old racist trick to encourage ill treatment of minorities. That’s especially bad because many states, following the lead of Bill Clinton, passed anti-GLBT marriage laws and constitutional amendments.

    As for the vote in California and the other states this is just one of many variables affecting the outcome. What is for sure in California is that if we lose it’ll be because the battle isn’t being joined in the Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander and immigrant communities.

    Those communities are the majority in California. They need to be specifically addressed by mass leafleting, TV/radio spots and phone banks and all the means at our disposal. In particular rightwing christian leaders have to be denounced as bigots and their ties to right wing bigots like Karl Rove and George Bush exposed. is a link to an LA Times article titled “Selling Their Birthright to the GOP “But the recent invasion by Karl Rove’s minions into … most recently on Tuesday at the Crenshaw Christian Center … They are doing it with a campaign against gay marriage.”

    In spite of their record the last time we lost in California the current campaign is based on the dictates of public relations idiots and Democratic Party hotshots who don’t have a clue about LGBT politics but are experts on selling predatory mortgages, used cars and opportunist hustlers like Obama. That’s why they give Biden and Obama a pass when they undercut the No on 8 messages with their bigoted views on same sex marriage. They, and not just open reactionaries like McCain and Palin, should be publically challenged and vilified for their bigotry.

  5. Robert, ex-pat Brit 12 Oct 2008, 2:10pm

    Bill, you’re so right about that. How about Obama issuing a blurb to say NO on proposition 8 for starters? I bet he doesn’t!

  6. Bill Perdue 12 Oct 2008, 4:57pm

    Actually Robert, Obama did issue a timid statement of opposition to Prop. 8, becasue of the huge LGBT negative reaction to his constant bigoted statements about same sex marraige and because he’s going to win by a landslide in California in any case, so he can afford to.

    Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. Gore Vidal

    During the same week he made that limp announcement about Prop. 8 Obama kissed 1,247 babies, promised two chickens in every pot 736 times, changed his mind about offshore drilling (which will ruin California’s beaches for decades) and declared himself in favor of US incursions into Pakistan.

    The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves. Deng Xiaoping

    A true politician, Obama’s word is worth it weight in s**t.

    Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce

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