Gov. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Wyman Applaud Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman called Connecticut a leader in the LGBT rights movement after Wednesday's State Supreme Court ruling. What do you think? Should same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples? Comment below.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Connecticut's highest court made a stunning decision Wednesday. It recognized that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and gay marriage in 2008, the Associated Press reports.

Governor Malloy said in a statement, "Once again, Connecticut is leading the nation in recognizing the rights of LGBT Americans, who for too long, were denied the marriage rights afforded to other couples.  The Supreme Court today took another step forward to ensure equality." 

Lt. Governor Wyman said, "I applaud the court on their ruling. This is an important decision for Connecticut and the nation. We are fortunate to have strong advocates working to achieve equality and justice for LGBT couples, and it is critical that we continue these efforts on behalf of families across the state. This is a very good step forward." 

The Connecticut State Supreme Court issued a 6-0 decision Wednesday overturning the two lower court rulings. This decision allows Charlotte Stacey to sue for malpractice which led to the loss of her wife Margaret Mueller in 2009. 

The same-sex Connecticut couple claimed that doctors botched surgery on Mueller after misdiagnosing her with ovarian cancer when she actually had cancer of the appendix, according to Insurance Journal News

Mueller underwent years of chemotherapy treatments while cancer in her appendix spread, leading to her death. The alleged malpractice took place from 2001-2004 but the case was thrown out because the couple was not married then. In 2010 the Stamford Superior Court jury awarded $2.45 million to the estate of Mueller. 

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The new ruling will take effect on October 28 and can not be overturned. 

Bob Cerani July 22, 2014 at 03:15 PM
They all must be gay up in hartford,for all the pandering they do. It's only for votes folks. they could care less about you. I can see getting benefits,but I think it is reprehensible for the gay community to want reperations that go way back to their beginnings. And I've been reading this more and more and it would open up a can of worms.
Igor July 22, 2014 at 05:32 PM
DV once again you missed my point. I don't care. I'm just of hearing about it.


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