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12 months of Constitution State respecting the same

by Jeremy Hooper

Happy One Year Marriage Equality Anniversary, Connecticut.

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(Photo credit: Jag Studios)

This writer and his husband certainly thank you.

GLAD press release:

GLAD Celebrates Connecticut’s Marriage Equality Anniversary

CT Married Couples to be Surveyed about DOMA

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which won marriage equality in Connecticut through their court victory in Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health, will mark the first anniversary with a little celebration and a little investigation.

“The past 12 months have seen amazing progress, with Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Iowa all achieving marriage equality,” said GLAD attorney Bennett Klein, who argued the Kerrigan case before Connecticut’s Supreme Court. “As we share the joy and happiness of lesbian and gay couples in Connecticut, we know we have more to do to end discrimination, in other states and at the federal level.”

GLAD and Love Makes a Family will join married couples, including many of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, at the State House for an anniversary photo at 3:30, followed by cake, champagne, and a toast in the Old Judiciary Room.

In addition to joining the festivities in Hartford at the State House, GLAD is rolling out a survey of Connecticut’s married same-sex couples to find out how they are affected by the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“All the couples who marry in those states will sooner or later run into federal discrimination because of DOMA. It may be when they try to file their taxes jointly, or are denied their spouse’s Social Security benefits, or try to sponsor their spouse to immigrate to the U.S. or try to put their spouse on their health care plan,” said Klein.

There are 1,138 federal laws that distinguish based on martial status when conferring benefits, obligations, and protections on married couples. Because of DOMA, married same-sex couples have access to none of the protections and responsibilities set aside for married couples.

In March of this year, GLAD filed Gill v. Office of Personnel Management on behalf of eight Massachusetts married couples and three widowers, who have all been penalized by DOMA.

GLAD’s survey is being mailed out to Connecticut couples, and can also be filled out on its website at http://www.glad.org/doma/survey.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is New England’s leading legal organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.

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And this writer certainly thanks Connecticut on behalf of Jeremy and Andrew also (and don't forget Bosley)! Mazel Tov

Posted by: tom | Nov 12, 2009 11:15:39 AM

Oh, fun another way to celebrate an Anniversary! Should plan a party in CONN for all who married there.

But hey, went back to wedding blog....and you somehow snuck on all those pics of Honeymoon and now living in NY ... stole a few.

You guys could certainly make your own 'happiness IS' ad.

Posted by: LOrion | Nov 12, 2009 12:18:37 PM

LOrion (and everyone): Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement about my wedding photos. I can't reveal it yet. But let's just say that the wedding is going to be featured in a historic way in a prominent publication. I can share more very, very soon!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 12, 2009 12:37:35 PM

Awwwww....... I love this photo and can't wait to find out the "rest of the story".

Posted by: louise | Nov 12, 2009 12:44:44 PM

Just thinking practically for a second about the wider battle: This is the perfect occasion for a high-profile study demonstrating the *lack* of controversy in the schools in the year since legalization. We need to start laying the groundwork for disproving the canards about children and schools *before* we are in the heat of a particular ballot fight.

Posted by: Jon F | Nov 12, 2009 1:07:53 PM

Too neat...WHOOP! See, I knew those were new and hot! Do let us know, can't wait.

HEY there is a PARTY starts in 2 hours! Sorry I didn't read the whole GLAD thing. ... and the Survey is a good idea. we need more numbers/more info.

Posted by: LOrion | Nov 12, 2009 1:22:41 PM

...Just saw Jon F's good point. But remember we also need to find gay people who were home schooled so we can disprove that it is 'taught' in public schools. As many as possible from as many states as possible.

Posted by: LOrion | Nov 12, 2009 1:27:51 PM

Speaking of children and being taught about same-sex marriage in public schools, Steve Singiser, on DailyKOS, wrote an article about an uncomfortable conversation he had with his seven year-old son. This was prior to the vote on Prop H8, and the seven year old had been discussing same-sex marriage with his classmates. The son had come to the conclusion that Prop 8 should be passed, because he didn't want to marry a boy...

Of course, when he learned the truth, the seven year old decided that it wasn't his place to decide who someone else was able to marry. The story reads like fiction, but Steve Singiser assures the readers that it is true. It is a great story, and well worth the minute to read it. It is also a narrative that might be effective at diffusing the lies from the lying liars.


Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 12, 2009 10:26:42 PM

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