Connecticut begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today, a historic milestone that gays and lesbians will celebrate and social conservatives will grieve.
Many others are likely to respond with a shrug.
“They could do what they want to do,” said Karen Dowdell, a 61-year-old Hartford resident who was shopping at Corbins Corner in West Hartford Tuesday morning. “I could care less.”
“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” said Robert San Angelo, 57, of Naugatuck. He supports same-sex marriage, but when asked if it is a significant issue, he shook his head and said, “I think the economy is a lot more important.”
Experts who track public attitudes toward gays and lesbians say such low-key reactions aren’t surprising in this small, liberal state. Citizens here have long displayed a distaste for the culture wars that have riven so much of the nation, as evidenced by the fierce and costly fight over same-sex marriage that just concluded inCalifornia.
“A lot of Americans, particularly in a state like Connecticut, are getting more and more used to the idea,” said Patrick J. Egan, assistant professor of politics at New York University.
via Hartford Courant: Same-Sex Couples Can Obtain Marriage Licenses Today