HARTFORD – Connecticut yesterday became the third state to allow same-sex couples to marry after its sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that a state law allowing gay couples to enter in civil unions denied those couples their constitutional right to equal protection.
The 4-3 ruling elated gay rights activists, who had long contended that denying gay couples the right to marry condemned them to second-class citizenship. Immediately after the ruling was made public at 11:30 a.m. yesterday, gay couples joyously celebrated on the steps of the state capitol into the afternoon and threw a party at the Hartford Hilton last night. They will be allowed to legally marry after Nov. 7, when the ruling takes effect.
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