Conn. Court Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Law360, New York (October 10, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of Connecticut has overturned a state law prohibiting same-sex marriage, though experts say the ruling will have more symbolic than substantive effect.

The ruling ends a lawsuit filed in 2004 against the state by eight gay and lesbian couples who were denied marriage licenses. The couples had sought declaratory judgment that the state could not deny them licenses.

In 2005, the Connecticut legislature passed a law allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and receive all the same protections and benefits as...
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