Couples celebrate same-sex marriage ruling

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Connecticut was among the very first states to have same-sex marriages. And Wednesday, those involved in that court case celebrated the US Supreme Court rulings.

It was sparkling cider all around Wednesday at the home of Beth Kerrigan and Jodi Mock.

Other same-sex marriage couples and advocates had gathered to watch news of the rulings on television.

Beth Kerrigan and Jodi Mock were among the eight same-sex couples that were denied a marriage license at the Madison Town Hall back in August of 2004, setting the stage for the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling establishing same-sex marriage here five years ago.

"For us, it means a lot, I mean so much for us so we're ecstatic, we're relieved that it's been done but certainly it also says there's so much work to be done," said Kerrigan.

In addition to working and being a part of the long legal battle, Beth and Jodi have been raising Carlos and Fernando.

"I don't know that I believed it would happen in my lifetime, I hoped that it would happen in my kids' lifetime," said Mock.

Others celebrating the rulings were West Hartford State Senator Beth Bye and her spouse; Tracey Wilson.

"The minute this went up it just hits you like; 'oh my God, it's real, because we didn't see how they could rule any other way in a country that's about equal rights and justice and freedom.  This seemed obvious to us, but maybe not to everybody," said Bye.

The head of the Family Institute of Connecticut issued a statement  saying: "It is especially outrageous that Connecticut's same-sex marriage law can be imposed on the federal government because that law was not even enacted by the people of Connecticut. Connecticut's judicial activism has now been imposed on the federal government by another act of judicial activism."

But it's important to note that the Connecticut legislature did approve and Republican Governor Jodi Rell signed a law allowing same-six civil unions before the court ruled, making Connecticut the first state to make this kind of move even before being told to do so by a court.
The high court here said; civil unions were not enough it had to be full marriage.

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