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Connecticut Among States Offering The Most Rights To Gays

Five states and the District of Columbia offer a full gamut of rights to gay people, according to The Guardian.

In the wake of North Carolina's decision to amend its Constitution to ban same sex unions, The Guardian website has created a model looking at gay rights in each state.

According to the graphic, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, along with Washington state, Iowa and the District of Columbia, have the most rights afforded to gays.

Connecticut allows: 

  • same sex marriage;
  • hospital visitation by same sex partners or spouses;
  • gays to adopt, either singly or as a couple.

Connecticut prohibits:

  • employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
  • housing discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
  • harassment in schools based on gender identity or sexual orientation

Also, Connecticut's hate crime laws include crimes committed based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

In addition to comparing states' level of gay rights, the Guardian graphic allows you to log in through Facebook and see what rights are afforded in the states where all your Facebook friends live.

G. Gerard May 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
It is a sad comment on our culture that people get special rights simply because of their lifestyle choices , particularly when those choices are anathema to nature and harmful to society. I believe to each his own as long as it does not tear away at the fiber of our society.
RONALD M GOLDWYN May 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Sorry George, I believe your belief on this subject is a minority viewpoint, especially here in CT. No-one has the right to say who you may love. If we pass laws that give rights to married couples such as inheritance, visitation, or adoption, then just as race can play no part in who is covered, neither can gender. While I have been married for over 50 years, and had two children just as a typical American family, I defend the right of others to be different, even if that right includes you to be the one who is different.
Richard Platt May 12, 2012 at 08:32 PM
George, these are not "special rights." They are being granted the rights that all the rest of us heterosexuals already have. People like you want to hold them to an inferior status. And it's not a "lifestyle choice." These people are that way because they were born that way. Would anyone freely make a lifestyle choice that would put them in a position where they would be despised and discriminated against?
G. Gerard May 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Ron, giving same sex attraction issues the same weight as the true civil rights fight against racism is very weak and offensive. Majority status doesn't make a thing right, it just makes it popular. The people of this state have spoken but they've been wrong before. I believe in loving all people no matter their race, status or lifestyle choices. Just because we hold to traditions and natural law doesn't negate the inate dignity that all people have due to t
G. Gerard May 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Due to beIng created by God.

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