Gay rights group praises, opponents condemn, new Connecticut civil union law - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Gay rights group praises, opponents condemn, new Connecticut civil union law

(Hartford, Connecticut-AP) April 20, 2005 - Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell says a new law recognizing same-sex civil unions in her state does not erode marriage, as opponents claim.

Rell signed the legislation Wednesday after it cleared the Connecticut Senate. She noted that the law contains a provision defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

That still doesn't sit well with opponents who wanted Rell to veto the measure. They believe civil unions are essentially gay marriage with a different name. The Family Institute of Connecticut plans to hold a rally Sunday.

A gay rights group wanted lawmakers to pass a gay marriage bill. But it calls civil unions an important step toward protecting the rights of same-sex couples.

Connecticut joins Vermont and Massachusetts as the only states with laws that provide far-reaching benefits to same-sex couples.

Posted 10:30pm by Chantelle Janelle

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