It’s ironic. Voters in the Constitution State last week rejected the possibility of a Constitutional Convention that could have banned marriage of same-sex couples, even as three other states enshrined discrimination in their constitutions.
No, maybe it’s not ironic. Maybe it means Connecticut citizens are more aware of what a constitution is—fundamental rights and governing principles, not bias and the intrusion of specific religious beliefs into the lives of others.
Despite the virulent battles in other states, Nutmeggers seem downright apathetic about it all. The Hartford Courant quotes several citizens: “They could do what they want to do,” says one. “I could care less.” Another adds, “I don’t think it’s a big deal.” State Rep. Michael Lawlor observes, “[Today] will come and go, and I think what kind of puppy Barack Obama will get will be a much bigger topic of conversation in Connecticut than the fact that several dozen couples will get married.”
Some may see that as a statement that our country is going to the dogs. I see it as a statement that the state where I grew up knows true American values. Congratulations to all the same-sex couples in Connecticut who will wed today and in the future.