Friday, October 10, 2008

"Gay" is not a basis for discrimination in CT

The Connecticut Supreme Court today ruled that the state must provide same-sex couples the opportunity to marry, not just enter into civil unions. The court's ruling about why separate is not equal was very clear and compelling, but even happier for me was the ruling's language about homosexuality in general (emphasis mine):

The characteristic that defines the members of this group -- attraction to persons of the same sex -- bears no logical relationship to their ability to perform in society, either in familial relations or otherwise as productive citizens. Because sexual orientation is such an essential component of personhood, even if there is some possibility that a person’s sexual preference can be altered, it would be wholly unacceptable for the state to require anyone to do so.


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