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Conn. Lawmakers May OK Civil Union Bill

Wednesday, 06 April 2005 12:00 AM

But opponents said they believe there is still time to scuttle the bill or amend it with language defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. If the bill passes both chambers, opponents vowed to pressure Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell to veto it.

Rell has said she supports the concept of civil unions. However, she has not taken a stand on the bill, which extends all rights and privileges of marriage to same-sex couples but without an actual marriage license.

"The legislators have not yet heard from the people. They're not listening," said Brian Brown, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut. "Connecticut, we're the ones that are doing something far, far different than the rest of the United States."

Meanwhile, voters in Kansas approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday prohibiting gay marriage, making it the 18th state with such a prohibition.

Alabama, South Dakota and Tennessee plan elections next year on constitutional gay marriage bans, and proposals are pending in 13 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Vermont is the only state that recognizes civil unions, while Massachusetts allows same-sex couples to marry.

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