Same Sex Couples Can Wed in Connecticut

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gay couples are celebrating the right to marry in Connecticut.

About 150 people cheered Joanne "Jody" Mock and Elizabeth Kerrigan, the West Hartford couple who led the lawsuit that overturned Connecticut's law banning same-sex marriage as they emerged from the town hall yesterday and held up their freshly issued marriage license.

Kerrigan says they feel "very fortunate" to live in a state where marriage equality is valued.

The state's Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last month that same-sex couples have the right to wed rather than accept a 2005 civil union law designed to give them the same rights as married couples, but without marriage. A lower court judge entered a final order Wednesday morning permitting same-sex marriages.

Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of Connecticut, a gay-marriage opponent, acknowledges that banning gay weddings in Connecticut will be difficult. But he's vowing not to give up. He condemns the high court's decision as undemocratic.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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