Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, 289 Conn. 135, 957 A.2d 407, is a 2008 decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court holding that the Connecticut Constitution protects the right to same-sex marriage. The vote was 4-3. The decision made Connecticut the third state to have its state supreme court declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, following Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 2003 decision and In re Marriage Cases a 2008 California Supreme Court decision.
Oral argument was heard on May 14, 2007 and judgment was rendered over a year later on October 10, 2008. The majority opinion was written by Justice Richard N. Palmer and joined by Justices Joette Katz, Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., and Connecticut Appellate Court Judge Lubbie Harper, Jr. (who replaced the recused Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers). Justices David M. Borden, Christine S. Vertefeuille, and Peter T. Zarella dissented.
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