Connecticut has had civil unions for same-sex couples since 2005. The law which allowed the civil unions provided homosexual couples with full legal equity under the law as those of married couples. It wasn’t enough. Homosexuals wanted to be able to wed.
It (Bill 899) redefines marriage in Connecticut as the legal union of two people. State law previously defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
From CNA Article:
- Bishop Lori warned, the legislation does not protect the First Amendment religious freedoms of individuals, religious organizations, and related societies.”
“When you contact the State Legislature about Bill 899, you may be told that it exempts clergy from having to officiate at same-sex weddings. But this bill does not guarantee the First Amendment rights of clergy, religious, and laity to practice their faith and operate their programs and services in accordance with their sincerely-held religious beliefs,” he said.
Some effects of legally redefining marriage as between Party A & Party B:
- government indoctrination in sexual lifestyles that are contrary to our beliefs via new school curriculum
- individuals and religious groups, particularly those that provide social and educational services, would be subject to “civil harassment in the form of lawsuits.”
- Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston were forced to halt adoption services because it would not place children with homosexual couples
- in Canada the Knights of Columbus were fined for refusing to rent their hall for a homosexual wedding reception
- child welfare system will be working with the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign on an “exciting new initiative” called “All Children All Families.” The initiative reportedly will help the child welfare system “find permanent families for children by promoting fairness for LGBT foster and adoptive parents and even our mentors.”