Breaking News: Marriage Codification and Transgender equality bills released in the State of Connecticut

Yesterday, the Connecticut legislature released the language of the two bills that will be the priorities for Love Makes a Family this legislative session.

Marriage Codification Bill
SB899: An Act Concerning the Guarantee of Equal Protections under the Constitution of the State for Same-Sex Couples

This bill codifies the Connecticut Supreme Court marriage equality ruling in the Kerrigan case into state statute. It also clarifies areas that the court did not address, such as the status of civil unions now that marriage is legal. Under this bill, civil unions will merge into marriages on October 1, 2010. Couples in civil unions can get married at any time, but unless they dissolve or annul their civil union before October 1, 2010, the state will recognize them as married. The date of their marriage will reflect the date of their earlier civil union. Read the bill here

Gender Identity and Expression Bill
HB6452: An Act Concerning Discrimination

This bill prohibits discrimination against transgender people in areas such as employment, housing, credit and public accommodations. Read the bill here

If the gender identity and expression bill passes this year, Connecticut will be the only state in the country to have passed all major protections for LGBT citizens!

Once the bills have public hearing dates scheduled, we will be asking YOU to contact your state legislators and ask for their support. Stay tuned!

Visit our website at http://www.lmfct.org/ for more news and events.

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