In a major civil liberties ruling, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that gay and lesbian couples have the right to get married. While conservatives like Sarah Palin have insisted that we should leave questions like abortion to the states, this ruling is likely to increase calls for a federal constitutional amendment to prevent states from deciding the question as a matter of federalism.
As Sarah Palin might say, Joanne Mock Beth Kerrigan are gettin’ hitched. They are among the plaintiffs that have won that right in the state of Connecticut. This is now the third state after Massachusetts and California to rule in this way. Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and New Jersey have civil unions.
In addition to the constitutional amendment debate, courts may face new efforts under the full faith and credit clause to force states to recognize these marriages in states that restrict marriage to the union of a man and woman.