Connecticut House passes same-sex civil union bill with marriage amendment Brandon Smith at 10:12 AM ET
[JURIST] Following the state Senate's passage of a similar bill [JURIST report] last week, the Connecticut House passed legislation 80-67 late Wednesday allowing same-sex civil unions but adding an amendment specifically defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In a statement [text], Gov. M. Jodi Rell approved of the passage and called the bill "a stronger and clearer" piece of legislation that she vowed to sign if senators sign off on the amended version. If the Senate signs off when they take up the issue next week, Connecticut would become the first state to voluntarily establish civil unions without court pressure. AP has more.
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