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Connecticut Among States Offering The Most Rights To Gays

Five states and the District of Columbia offer a full gamut of rights to gay people, according to The Guardian.

 

In the wake of North Carolina's decision to amend its Constitution to ban same sex unions, The Guardian website created a model looking at gay rights in each state.

According to the graphic, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, along with Washington state, Iowa and the District of Columbia, have the most rights afforded to gays.

Connecticut allows:

  • Same sex marriage;
  • Hospital visitation by same sex partners or spouses;
  • Gays to adopt, either singly or as a couple.

Connecticut prohibits:

  • Employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
  • Housing discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
  • Harassment in schools based on gender identity or sexual orientation

Also, Connecticut's hate crime laws include crimes committed based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

In addition to comparing states' level of gay rights, the Guardian graphic allows people to log in through Facebook and see what rights are afforded in the states where all their Facebook friends live.

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Sean M May 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
This article is filled with liberal bias and gross inaccuracies. 1. The North Carolina ballot initiative never mentioned gay. Here is the text: "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts." 2. Marriage is not a right. It is a legal recognition. Gay people have all the rights granted under the US and CT Constitutions. They have free speech, the right to bear arms,... Most of the states you refer to have gay marriage because courts decided undemocratically to impose it, while the legislature sat silent. Every single time a question comes on a ballot to define marriage as between one man and one woman, it passes. What is referred to as rights in this article is benefits under the law. Huge difference.
Michelle Querijero May 14, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Sean Murphy, as long ago as 1942, the Supreme Court of the United States disagreed with you. "Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival." Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, 12, 87 S. Ct. 1817, 1824, 18 L. Ed. 2d 1010 (1967), quoting Skinner v. State of Oklahoma, 316 U.S. 535, 541, 62 S.Ct. 1110, 1113, 86 L.Ed. 1655 (1942). Sadly, gay people in this country are denied one of the "basic civil rights of man," except in a few states where, either through legislative and judicial action, people recognize that who other people choose to marry is no one's business but their own. In a democracy that promises equal opportunity under the law, this is hypocritical at best. So rather than spewing ignorance, why not go back and read how and why the laws of this country work and try to understand what they mean? I really can't understand people who have nothing else to do than to try to prevent loving couples from getting married just because they're the same sex. By the way, that Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia? It was the one where the Supreme Court struck down Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. Aren't you going to feel stupid in 20 years when people realize how ridiculous this debate is?
Sean M May 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Michelle, please read the Constitution and understand it. The Supreme Court is not and never has been the final arbitrator of matters. The people are because in a free society, policy must be made by elected officials. The traditional definition of marriage has been voted in the affirmative 31 times when the people vote. Legalizing gay marriage has never been voted as such. The IA Supreme Court decided they could mandate it and every one that could was voted out in 2010. In Maine in 2010, Republicans took over the legislature for the first time in 44 years. This was after Democrats attempted to pass gay marriage. You called me ignorant yet have no clue as to how our government and Constitution work? You made me laugh. Thanks.

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