Friday, February 03, 2006

CT Doormats Walk

On occasion, even anti-SSM folk lose one. This time, a Mississippi-based anti-gay group learned yesterday that the two Connecticut town clerks they were using to fight a 2004 lawsuit by eight gay couples who want the right to marry were, if you pardon the expression, queering the case. (The link requires free registration.)

The state Supreme Court was ready to hear the case on February 9th.

The American Family Association (based in Elvis' Tupelo, MS) had caught two clerks when they went fishing. The Day (New London) reports that the group did a mass mailing to clerks, seeking those who opposed SSM. They found Patricia Grassi (Canterbury) and Nancy J. O'Connor, (Scotland), who would stand as the aggrieved parties in a lawsuit.

Meanwhile, Connecticut's legislature has legalized civil unions, which Grassi says was a tipping point. She said this week that she still is anti-SSM, on religious grounds, but will abide by civil-union laws if a couple asks her. Previously both clerks claimed that they felt so strongly that they would resign rather than issue marriage licenses to homosexuals. The horror, oh, the horror.

Amusingly enough, gay couples there want Massachusetts-style marriage and few have civilly united. Grassi, for one, has had zero requests for civil-union paperwork.

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