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Happy Marriage Day, Connecticut!

Three cheers for the Nutmeg State, which begins issuing marriage licenses today while the rest of the nation argues over California passing Proposition 8. The Hartford Courant, which doesn’t usually get a chance to crow at length about the state, leads with a feature whose theme is, “Oh, right, that same-sex marriage thing is happening. Yeah, it’s no big deal for us. We don’t know what the hell is wrong with the rest of you people.” For example:

“They could do what they want to do,” said Karen Dowdell, a 61-year-old Hartford resident who was shopping at Corbins Corner in West Hartford Tuesday morning. “I could care less.”

“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” said Robert San Angelo, 57, of Naugatuck. He supports same-sex marriage, but when asked if it is a significant issue, he shook his head and said, “I think the economy is a lot more important.”

The best quote however, comes from Rep.Michael Lawlor:

“[Today] will come and go, and I think what kind of puppy Barack Obama will get will be a much bigger topic of conversation in Connecticut than the fact that several dozen couples will get married.”

Oh, Connecticut, you’re so cool. No, seriously, you are. Congrats. While Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, points out that Connecticut didn’t vote on same-sex marriage and that every state that puts it to a vote winds up out outlawing it, we’re of the opinion that putting the rights of a minority up for a popular vote is — what’s the word we’re looking for? Unfair? Unjust? Morally wrong? Take your pick.

In the meantime, let’s wish couples like Beth Kerrigan and Judy Mock (pictured), who brought the suit to the CT Supreme Court the best of luck as they join the totally boring /profoundly moving institution of marriage.

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Nov 12, 2008
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  • 24 Comments
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Mazel Tov, CT.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 9:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anarchos
      Anarchos

      Big ups to The Nutmeg State.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David
      David

      New England is the best part of the US

      Nov 12, 2008 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bruno
      Bruno

      It’s time to make like Connecticut and revoke the right to initiative in California. We’re just too stupid here to make just decisions :(

      Nov 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bruno
      Bruno

      Oh, I’m also going to add I find it deliciously ironic that the home state of the Knights of Columbus now has same-sex marriage, which would appear to be irreversible for at least 20 years.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Disgusted American
      Disgusted American

      AND IN 20YRS NO ONE WILL CARE, AND SEE THAT IT (MARRIAGE EQUALITY) NEVER AFFECTED THEM.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 9:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Strait married guy
      Strait married guy

      Theres going to be a lot of stinky peters in that state!

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      @Strait married guy:

      Because of all the hetero couples who engage in anal sex?

      Douchebag.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy bowman
      Billy bowman

      Tp paper and vasoline sales will rise in Connecticut as all those nasty butholes need wiping.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Strait married guy
      Strait married guy [Different person #1 using similar name]

      No fredo777 , becuase of all the aids spreading faggots in that weirdo state. I feel sorry for those children who have to be raised by these freaks.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      @Strait married guy:

      I feel sorry for the poor, unfortunate souls that you call Maw + Paw.

      Don’t you have a meth lab to be running?

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Strait married guy
      Strait married guy [Different person #1 using similar name]

      The divine institution of marriage is recorded in Genesis. “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:23-24). God created man and then made woman out of “bone of his bone.”

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      @fredo777:

      Yeah, in that book… is the word “straight” spelled properly at any time?

      Your username isn’t.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bruno
      Bruno

      @Strait married guy:

      Couldn’t you use your time on more constructive things, like learning how to spell “straight” or kneeling and praying to your fallacious “God”?

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim
      Tim

      @Strait married guy: Thank God you’re here to explain this all to everyone, and here I thought we lived in a nation founded on the principles of separation of church and state and the rule of law.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Strait married guy
      Strait married guy [Different person #1 using similar name]

      Tim , how can you thank god for anything if you beleive in gay marriage? Its against the laws of nature. A butthole and a penis are not made for each other. Think of the germs and the smell. God made vaginas to accept a penis so the women can get pregnant. Have you ever heard of a man getting pregnant after a night of boofooing? I think not.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Strait married guy
      Strait married guy [Different person #1 using similar name]

      No tim, this country was founded as one nation under God!

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Strait married guy
      Strait married guy [Different person #1 using similar name]

      Certain behaviours put gay men at risk of contracting HIV. Gay men have a reputation for sexual promiscuity, but in fact many are in long-term, faithful relationships with one partner. Nevertheless, gay relationships do not have a well-recognised and well-established moral code in the way that heterosexual relationships and marriages do. There is less expectation for gay people to be monogamous (faithful to one partner), and this may encourage promiscuity and increase the risk of HIV. Gay teenagers also often lack guidance about sexual issues, which may make them more vulnerable to high-risk activities.

      Common sexual practices among gay men that significantly increase the risk of HIV infection include:

      Unprotected anal sex, with the risk higher for the partner being penetrated. HIV can enter through the mucous membrane (lining) of the anus and rectum. Anal sex can also cause small tears in the anal lining and on the penis, making it easier for the virus to enter.
      Rough sex play that causes abrasions or bleeding of the skin or mucous membranes.
      Unprotected oral sex, with the risk higher if there is exposure to semen.

      Nov 12, 2008 at 11:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim
      Tim

      @Strait married guy:
      You know I am looking through the Constitution and while I find all this,

      “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

      But I don’t see anything about God or this being handed to James Madison from Jesus.

      I mean there is some stuff toward the back about not establishing religion or prohibiting free exercise thereof, but other than that its just a collection of laws concerning rights,liberty and rules of governance.

      Nov 13, 2008 at 12:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael vdB
      Michael vdB

      Hmmm…when the definition of marriage was changed in Canada not too long ago (and reaffirmed in another vote later on) my partner and I got married in Banff, Alberta. Yes, that is right…conservative, redneck, ALBERTA! Since gay marriage is legal right across the country, we could have gotten married anywhere, but we decided to do it in the province we called home at that time. Although I have to admit I was a little dismayed at being the “bride” on the marriage license I do have to give credit to the Alberta government (of which there is just essentially a one party government of Progressive Conservatives) for toning down the rhetoric and not spewing hate like they have done in the past. The federal government controls the definition of marriage but the provinces control the process and the issuing of licences so it could have gotten ugly.

      I also want to point out that I have been married for just over two years now, have 2 wonderful children (which, I must say, were also adopted with the help of the Alberta government). The sky hasn’t fallen and the sky will not fall in CT.

      For a side note, you really can’t blame me either for the economic meltdown because I really don’t have that much power…especially over foreign banks.

      Bravo CT! Bravo!

      Nov 13, 2008 at 10:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dexpat Mike
      Dexpat Mike

      Um, so can’t queerty just delete these assholes. I don’t need to come here and put up with morons like this guy who want to peddle some absurd nonsense, we have to deal with that everywhere else. I don’t go bother them on their fascist relgious websites.

      And in any event, you should read all of the Bible Strait Married Guy – it also tells you not to eat shellfish, that slavery is ok and a whole host of other crap this is just absurd.

      People like this moron are the reason that people’s rights should never be put to a vote. Do you think that we would have desegregated the south had it been up to a vote. It is what de Tocqueville called the ‘tyranny of the majority’ rather than democracy. Stait Married Guy – that is pronoucned “dee Tock-ville”, he is French, which is a country, in Europe, which is on the opposite side of the Atlantic from us. Got that. You seem a bit slow.

      This is why the decision in CT will not be up for a vote and I am really proud of my state and Massachusetts for leading the way. You’re entitled to think being gay is wrong that is fine, just like I think you are a total moron and would like to see you hit by a bus. But I am not going to take away your right, and you should not be able to deny me mine.

      No go have sex with your floral scented wife’s vag – if I remeber correctly, they don’t stick at all you F$ckwad.

      Nov 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mary Pugh
      Mary Pugh

      Yesterday I had the honor of performing one of the first same sex marriages in CT. The various news channels picked it up- I am the JP in the black robe with the lavendar stole.

      It is easy to have a ceremony in CT. There are no residency requirements. It is $30 to the state for your license…and $10 for a certified copy.

      If anyone wants any other information, just jot me a note. I have done about 100 civil unions..and I thrilled that now CT allows me to officiate on same sex marriages.

      Congratulations to everyone.

      Mary

      Nov 13, 2008 at 3:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • technicolornina
      technicolornina

      @Strait married guy: Nice try. Actually, the words “under God” were added to the Pledge during the Cold War, to show how different we were from those nasty Russians.

      Case to point:

      Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Taken from http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am1

      So yeah. Nice try, “strait” married guy. This means we are *not* “one nation under god” because we have the right to believe in, and practice, whatever religion we please, or even none at all.

      Nov 14, 2008 at 11:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • technicolornina
      technicolornina

      @Strait married guy: Yeah, then don’t you think the problem is that we need sexual guidance for GLBT teens, not condemnation? Believe me, when I went to my OB/GYN for a yearly checkup and asked her what I should know in case my then-girlfriend and I began a sexual relationship, I would have loved a more definitive answer than ” . . . well, I’m sure there are gay-health websites on the Internet.”

      Misinformation and lack of information is the problem, not your skewed view of our so-called “lifestyle.”

      Nov 14, 2008 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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