The majority 4-3 opinion said that the “segregation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognisable harm.”
Absolutely! If California had done what Connecticut did by making sure that no antigay initiate ever made it on to a state ballot, proposition 8 would have never been a reality. Connecticut was super smart on this, well done! Lets hope New York state follows suit with marriage equality legislation currently pending.
“”I do not believe their voice reflects the majority of the people of Connecticut,” the Governor said.”
Absolutely. The will of the majority is irrelevant when the rights of a minority are at stake – its up to the courts to decide that. Otherwise we would still have racial segregation and slavery.
Thor, exactly! No civil rights issue should be put to popular vote or referenda, ever. How would African-Americans for example like it if we took the same approach as they did on proposition 8 in California and demanded that civil rights for this group of people should be returned to the people to vote on? They can’t have it both ways. The same goes for the right of women to vote, abortion, sexual harrassment, all decided by the Supreme Court. Marriage equality should be treated the same way without exception.