Thursday, April 10, 2003
Westports Ken Bernhard Votes for Rights for Same-Sex Couples but Bill Rejected
Westport State Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard listened with legislative colleagues to three hours of debate Wednesday on an effort to legalize gay and lesbian marriages in Connecticut.
In the end, the Republican voted in favor but was on the losing side as the state Judiciary Committee rejected a proposed domestic partnership registration bill by a 26-16 vote.
Opponents hailed the vote as helping protect the sanctity of marriage.
The bill would have extended all the rights married couples have to couples of the same sex.
The bill failed despite support from the committee’s co-chairmen, state Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, and state Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven.