Breaking News 11:39 AM ET: Connecticut State Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Same-Sex MarriageAs Drudge says, "Developing...."
I'll follow up as the news becomes available.
UPDATE: Here's the story from the Greenwich Times:
HARTFORD - A divided Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in Connecticut.And the actual ruling (PDF). (HT to Shaker KarateMonkey in comments.)
The court ruled 4-3 Friday that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Justices overturned a lower court ruling and ordered that court to find in favor of the plaintiffs.
Eight same-sex couples sued in 2004, saying their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process were violated when they were denied marriage licenses.
"We are ecstatic," said Jeffrey Busch of Wilton, who along with his partner, Stephen Davis sued for marriage rights. Busch and Davis have a civil union for the benefit of their 3-year-old son, Elijah Davis Busch.
Connecticut will join Massachusetts and California as the only state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
This is great news. That makes three: Massachusetts, California, and now Connecticut.
Stand by for the usual howls from the Orcosphere about "activist judges" -- who were just doing their job -- and you can bet that this will be injected into the presidential campaign if it hasn't been already as I type this. And I have a feeling this ruling will be used on both sides of the campaign here in Florida on Amendment 2.
But the march to equality for all citizens goes on, and all the consternation and monkeyhouse from the homophobes only proves that we are on the way.