Monday, February 5, 2007
"Gay rights advocates in Connecticut said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation that aims to make the state the second in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage, but they face tough opposition. Democratic state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Rep. Michael Lawlor said they would file the bill before a February 14 deadline for new legislation. ``We'll treat same-sex couples exactly the same way we'll treat opposite-sex couples,'' said Lawlor, also a Democrat.
Neighboring Massachusetts is the only U.S. state where gay marriage is legal. Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut recognize same-sex civil unions, giving gay and lesbian couples largely the same rights as married couples -- from insurance coverage to tax benefits and hospital visiting rights.But civil unions lack federal benefits. Couples cannot file joint federal tax returns or share pensions." Reuters, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 2-4-07 NVS)