Justice in Kerrigan

If I was writing an opinion for the Connecticut Supreme Court in Kerrigan it would not be 172 pages as was the California Supreme Court’s landmark ruling.

It would be short and read something like this:

The Connecticut Constitution requires that: “All men when they form a social compact, are equal in rights; and no man or set of men are entitled to exclusive public emoluments or privileges from the community.”

The use of the word marriage is a privilege afforded by the legislature.

Connecticut’s Constitution requires that homosexual citizens be treated the same as heterosexual citizens.

Our history defines marriage as normative.  Therefore the creation of the separate term “civil union” must indicate the latter to be nonnormative and, accordingly, less privileged under the law.

Seperate is not equal and nomenclature denotes status.

Connecticut’s gay residents are entitled to the identical rights and identical treatment as opposite sex married persons in Connecticut.

Ryan McKeen is a trial attorney at Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In 2016, he was honored by the CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame for securing one of the highest settlements in the state. He is a New Leader in the Law. ABA 100. Avvo 10. 40 under 40 for Hartford Business Journal. He has been quoted in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Hartford Business Journal. He focuses his practice on Connecticut Personal Injury law. He loves what he does. Contact him ryan@cttrialfirm.com or 860 471 8333

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