Today in Connecticut, the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision that had ruled that civil unions were essentially the same as marriage. In doing so, the Court allowed Connecticut to become the third state in the nation to provide marriage benefits to its GLBT citizens. Justice Richard Palmer wrote,
"Segregation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognizable harm,” in light of “the history of pernicious discrimination faced by gay men and lesbians, and because the institution of marriage carries with it a status and significance that the newly created classification of civil unions does not embody.”
It's a powerful statement and a significant step towards a legal argument in favor of full marriage equality.
Only 47 more states to go.
Of course, no matter what Connecticut does, the federal Defense of Marriage Act will stand in the way of the provision of over a thousand benefits for GLBT couples. That is why it is so very important to vote for Barack Obama, who opposes DOMA, and other anti-DOMA Democratic candidates in this election season.
In a great twist of timing, tomorrow happens to be National Coming Out Day. Coming out as a GLBT individual, or proudly announcing that you are an ally, is just one more step towards fuller equality for all.
In honor of Coming Out Day, here's a video for you all to enjoy.