Richard Blumenthal on Civil Rights
"Under current law, same-sex couples cannot legally marry in Connecticut," Blumenthal said. "The legislature has provided no legal authority to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. Whatever our own personal beliefs, we are bound by the laws adopted by our legislature and interpreted by our courts. Our law can be altered--and is developing --but that is the responsibility of our General Assembly."
"We decline to answer another legal question: To what extent will Connecticut recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state? An answer would require me to make law, not interpret it."
JOINT RESOLUTION: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women. Constitutional Amendment: Prohibits denying or abridging equality of rights under the law by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
[Explanatory note from Wikipedia.com and OnTheIssues.org]:
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution. The ERA was originally written by Alice Paul and, in 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress, but failed to gain ratification before its June 30, 1982 deadline. This new proposed amendment is identical in wording to the original 1972 proposed amendment. It was proposed in Congress in every session from 1923 through 1970 prior to passing in 1972; and has been re-introduced in Congress in every session since 1982 after its failure at ratification. The current version removes the Congressionally imposed deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, so that if the bill passes Congress, states have no deadline as they did in 1982.
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