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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Connecticut and Maine Governors signs bills implementing same-sex marriage

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) signed into law (Pub. Act No. 09-13) which codifys the decision in Kerrigan v Commissioner of Public Health, which legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The law also recognizes out-of-state marriages, civil unions and broad domestic partnerships by same-sex couples as marriages in Connecticut, and, among other things, would merge Connecticut civil unions into marriages as of October 1, 2010.

Additionally, Maine Governor John E. Baldacci (D) signed into law a bill (L.D. 1020) legalizing same-same marriage. Gov. Baldacci stated: “In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions. I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.” In so doing, Maine became the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining Vermont, Iowa, Massachusetts and Connecticut. However, a “people’s veto” effort will likely postpone any same-sex weddings in the state indefinitely, the Bangor Daily News reports.

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