Friday, October 10, 2008

Gay Wedding Bells

We recently attended the same-sex wedding of our friends Cristan and Phil. It was a beautiful ceremony and fun celebration. Phil is the Managing Director of TheatreWorks (our favorite repertory company) in Palo Alto. The couple was married by the theatre’s Artistic Director Kelly. Congratulations!

We are deep in the final planning stages of our civil ceremony which will be on October 19th.

NEWS: Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled that the state's same-sex civil union laws are discriminatory and that gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry in that state.

The ruling says: “…because this state’s statutes afford same sex couples the right to enter into a civil union, which affords them the same legal rights as marriage, the plaintiffs had not established a constitutionally cognizable harm. We conclude that, in light of the history of pernicious discrimination faced by gay men and lesbians, and because the institution of marriage carries with it a status and significance that the newly created classification of civil unions does not embody, the segregation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognizable harm...
We also conclude that (1) our state scheme discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, (2) for the same reasons that classifications predicated on gender are considered quasi-suspect for purposes of the equal protection provisions of the United States constitution, sexual orientation constitutes a quasi-suspect classification for purposes of the equal protection provisions of the state constitution, and, therefore, our statutes discriminating against gay persons are subject to heightened or intermediate judicial scrutiny, and (3) the state has failed to provide sufficient justification for excluding same sex couples from the institution of marriage.”

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