Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Poll: Most in Conn. support gay marriage ruling

While I was away, the CT State Supreme Court made its ruling.

You can also read about it here.

Does it change anything for us? "Religious institutions would not be forced into providing marriage venues for same-sex couples when the state recrafts the civil-union statute into a civil-marriage law." - so says one article.

Right now, it doesn't change anything for St. Peter's. Although I agree with the court's decision and am pleased to see that all in CT can get married, this is a step that our congregation will make when it is ready.

As for Governor Rell's comments that it doesn't reflect the majority of the people of Connecticut, the latest poll would seem to indicate otherwise. I do agree with her that amending the State Constitution will not meet with success for those opposed. In fact, I think it is a waste of time.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A new poll says 53 percent of Connecticut residents support last week's state Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay and lesbian marriages. The University of Connecticut surveyed 502 adults over the weekend for The Hartford Courant. The poll says 42 percent of state residents don't agree with the ruling, and it shows Democrats and Republicans differ widely over the issue. Seventy-two percent of Democrats say they support the court's decision, while 69 percent of Republicans are against it. Fifty-two percent of independent voters agree with Friday's 4-3 ruling. The poll's margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. Opponents of gay marriage are leading an effort to try to change the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Over the weekend, I read the Connecticut Supreme Court's gay marriage decision. It's actually a rather moving document: a cogent defense of gay rights that efficiently demolishes the chief arguments against marriage equality, while offering what struck me as a reasonable defense of judicial intervention in the matter." by

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