GOOD NEWS FOR GAY MARRIAGE IN CONNECTICUT!
From USA Today:
|NO CHANGE TO CONSTITUTION|
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Voters in Connecticut decided Tuesday against holding a convention to amend the state's constitution, dealing a major blow to opponents of same-sex marriage.
With 56 percent of votes counted, the question failed 60 percent to 40 percent.
Connecticut voters are asked every 20 years whether the state should hold convention during which delegates can rewrite the entire constitution. The last constitutional convention was held in 1965 to correct a flawed system of apportioning representatives to the General Assembly.
This time, proponents had hoped to change the constitution to allow citizens the opportunity to bypass the legislature and petition for changes in state law through direct ballot initiatives.
Connecticut is the third state, after Massachusetts and California, to offer gay marriage, with the first unions scheduled as early as Nov. 12.
"All of our joy had been a little bit tempered waiting for these results," said Anne Stanback, executive director of the gay-rights group Love Makes a Family. "You're going to see a lot of celebration tonight, and leading up to Nov. 12."