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.