The Associated Press:
HARTFORD – A divided Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in Connecticut.
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.
Connecticut will join Massachusetts and California as the only state to allow same-sex couples to marry.