Connecticut is the 5th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 9, 1788. Its most populous city is Bridgeport, and its capital city is Hartford.

LGBT Rights in Connecticut: Same-sex marriage has been legal in Connecticut since Nov. 12, 2008, under a state Supreme Court ruling on October 10, 2008. Connecticut bans discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in public places, public and private employment, governmental services and in receiving goods and services from public places or governmental institutions. Hate crime laws include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Connecticut allows adoption by single individuals, opposite sex and same-sex couples, married or not.

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Allison Herwitt

HRC official to join Conn. senator’s office as chief of staff

Saturday, April 12, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A government relations chief for the Human Rights Campaign is joining Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy's office as his chief of staff. [ Read more → ]
Francesca Quaranta

Conn. city says there was no bias against transgender police officer

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment. [ Read more → ]

Brookdale to offer same-sex spousal benefits in response to lawsuit

Friday, January 31, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Tennessee-based company that is a target of a sex discrimination complaint in Connecticut says it's changing its policy and will provide health coverage to the spouses of same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Conn. woman sues Brookdale Senior Living over same-sex spousal benefits

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut physical therapist has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the West Hartford senior living center where she works, saying she is being illegally denied health benefits for her wife. [ Read more → ]
Gordon Bissonnette

Man arrested on Christmas for making death threats toward lesbian sister

Friday, December 27, 2013
PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- A Connecticut man was arrested Christmas day for making death threats toward his lesbian sister because he disapproved of her sexual orientation and feared she might turn his daughter gay. [ Read more → ]
Francesca Quaranta

Transgender police officer files discrimination, harassment complaint

Thursday, December 5, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A transgender police officer in Connecticut has filed a complaint with a state agency alleging her supervisors created a hostile work environment because of her gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Tarence Mitchell

High school football star accused in deadly stabbing of male lover

Saturday, November 23, 2013
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- A high school football captain has been charged with fatally stabbing his lover with a steak knife after an argument over ending their relationship. [ Read more → ]
From left: Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley.

UConn women take lead role in campaign to support lesbian, bisexual athletes

Monday, November 4, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Members of Connecticut's NCAA champion women's basketball team are taking a lead role in a national campaign in support of lesbian and bisexual athletes in women's sports. [ Read more → ]

New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system. [ Read more → ]

Bill to restore benefits for discharged gay veterans heads to Conn. governor

Thursday, May 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Connecticut bill that would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military's former "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is moving to the governor's desk. [ Read more → ]

Conn. lawmakers seek to restore state benefits to discharged gay veterans

Thursday, April 25, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut lawmakers are seeking to restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 34-0 in favor of legislation making veterans eligible for state benefits if they've been... [ Read more → ]

Conn. school, under pressure, approves student to wear anti-gay shirt

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WOLCOTT, Conn. -- Officials in a Connecticut school district have backed down in a fight over free speech rights, allowing a student to wear a T-shirt bearing an anti-gay message. [ Read more → ]
Andrew J. McDonald

Connecticut governor nominates openly gay lawmaker to state Supreme Court

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday nominated State Sen. Andrew J. McDonald to the state's Supreme Court. If confirmed by the legislature, he would become the first openly gay justice of the state Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]

A gay dad reflects on the terrorism in Newtown, Connecticut

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The fact is that 20 sets of parents got the call I most fear, and that without warning the precious looks, kisses, hugs, innocent conversations and happiness that are my heart and soul treasures can abruptly end and be removed, forever. This event was terrorism because so many of us feel the searing pain of the poor families who are facing the reality of their loss. I wish to my soul that I could spare them the pain they feel, I wish it more than any other thing this Christmas, and take little solace in the fact that I get to hug my boys and take them in my arms still. [ Read more → ]
James Dobson

James Dobson: Connecticut shooting is God’s wrath for gay marriage, abortion

Monday, December 17, 2012
James Dobson dedicated his radio program this morning to discussing Friday's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut, which he attributed to the fact that God has "allowed judgment to fall upon us" because the nation has turned its back on him by accepting things like abortion and gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket at Sandy Hook funerals

Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the "Gods Hate Fags" fundamentalist movement, announced via Twitter on Sunday plans to picket at the scene of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. [ Read more → ]

Inexplicable Evil

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Unspeakable tragedy, horrific crime, inexplicable -- all words that inadequately describe the evil that was visited on a small New England town and its most vulnerable citizens Friday, its children. ... My heart breaks for those families, who at what now should be a season of joy for them, have been forever marred by the violence visited upon them. [ Read more → ]
Chad Griffin

HRC statement: ‘We mourn today’s horrific tragedy’ in Newtown, Conn.

Friday, December 14, 2012
HRC: “The entire HRC family mourns today’s horrific tragedy in Newtown. We extend condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims as well as to the entire state of Connecticut which is still reeling from this senseless act violence." [ Read more → ]

More states call for ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be declared unconstitutional

Saturday, September 8, 2012
The state of Vermont on Friday joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule that the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Joanne Pedersen and Ann Meitzen

Another federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday said the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the U.S. Constitution’s right to equal protection. [ Read more → ]
Alexandra Pennell

Police say lesbian student faked threatening, anti-gay notes

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University, who claimed she was harassed by an anonymous person who left threatening, anti-gay notes under her door, has been charged with writing the notes herself. [ Read more → ]

Big night for openly LGBT candidates in state, local races across the nation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It was a big night for many openly gay and lesbian candidates across the nation, with several races resulting in first-time victories for openly LGBT candidates in several state and local governments. [ Read more → ]
Finizio for Mayor CampaignMayor-Elect Daryl Justin Finizio (right) with his partner Todd Ledbetter, and their dogs.

New London, Conn. elects openly gay attorney as first mayor in nine decades

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- In an historic contest, voters in New London, Conn., chose a political newcomer, openly gay attorney Daryl Justin Finizio as the city's first elected mayor in nearly nine decades. [ Read more → ]

Principal says reaction to gay-themed play shows importance of teaching acceptance

Saturday, October 22, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. -- School officials at Hartford High School are catching some flack, but standing by their decision to allow production of a gay-themed play, and even made attendance mandatory for some of its students. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian student’s honesty costs her a place at Connecticut Christian school

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Rachel Aviles was one of the most popular kids at The Master's School, a K-12 Christian school in West Simsbury. But when Aviles admitted to administrators that she is a lesbian, she was encouraged to withdraw from the school... [ Read more → ]
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