The Road to Gay Marriage Equality in Connecticut

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McLean Home Care and the Simsbury Senior Center are co-sponsoring a free presentation on gay marriage equality at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. Presenting are Justice Richard Palmer and Deputy Mayor Kerrigan. Justice Palmer is the author of Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, the 2008 opinion of the Connecticut Supreme Court that legalized gay marriage in this state, and Kerrigan is the lead plaintiff in that case and currently Deputy Mayor of the town of West Hartford.

They will cover the gay marriage movement in Connecticut and nationally that culminated in the filing of the Kerrigan case, and how the case worked its way up to the state Supreme Court. Also included is a brief discussion of the Kerrigan case by Justice Palmer, a summary of the legal issues presented by the gay marriage debate and how the Supreme Court resolved them. The discussion will talk about the aftermath of the case and its importance to Deputy Mayor Kerrigan and others, as well as the reaction to the Kerrigan case nationally and its effect on other state supreme courts and the United States Supreme Court. 

Both Justice Palmer and Deputy Mayor Kerrigan will answer questions after the presentation and remain available to speak to individual attendees.

Please call 860-658-3723 to reserve your seat.