While Prop 8 is taking away rights in California, Connecticut is doing the opposite. Here's the good news story I promised:
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.