Marriage Equality: Justice Comes to Connecticut

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 CourantSame-Sex Couples Can Obtain Marriage Licenses Today


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