Clinic Files Brief in Gay Marriage Case

Winter 2009

Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several organizations and public officials in Connecticut’s now-historic state Supreme Court case of Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health. In the case, the court issued a decision requiring equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, thereby legalizing gay marriage in the state.

“It is fundamentally unfair, unequal, and unconstitutional to create separate relationship rules for same-sex and different-sex couples, as the Connecticut Supreme Court recognized,” said Professor Suzanne Goldberg, director of the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic. “The court reviewed Connecticut’s two sets of relationship recognition rules—marriage for some, civil unions for others—and found the state lacked a good explanation for treating similar couples so differently.”