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Connecticut Among States Offering the Most Rights To Gays

Five states and the District of Columbia offer a full gamut of rights to gay people, according to The Guardian.

In the wake of North Carolina's decision to amend its Constitution to ban same sex unions, The Guardian website has created a model looking at gay rights in each state.

According to the graphic, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, along with Washington state, Iowa and the District of Columbia, have the most rights afforded to gays.

Connecticut allows:

  • same sex marriage;
  • hospital visitation by same sex partners or spouses;
  • gays to adopt, either singly or as a couple.

Connecticut prohibits:

  • employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
  • housing discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
  • harassment in schools based on gender identity or sexual orientation

Connecticut's hate crime laws also include crimes committed based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

In addition to comparing states' level of gay rights, the Guardian graphic allows you to log in through Facebook and see what rights are afforded in the states where all your Facebook friends live.

Nanci Wylde May 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM
This is about equality. A foundation of which this country was built upon. Obama came to this decision regarding gay marriage like many people do. It has been a struggle. A very personal struggle. I do not think this had anything to do with politics at all. Of course the media and the inflammatory comments here will make it so. It's about equality. There was a time not so long ago where black people were fighting for equality and there were many who did not think the deserved it. And unfortunately many still feel that way today. As far as same sex marriage goes, thirty years from now, this won't even be an issue.
Paul Bahre May 10, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Let's just say they are a protected species in CT.
Nanci Wylde May 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Paul, we protect your species don't we? I suppose it's the least you can do for us!!!!
charles May 10, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Paul, they are not a separate species from the human race, but an important part. I don't understand all of the hate towards the gay community. Our country is based on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Connecticut has given gays an equal life, the liberty to choose who they want to be with. no matter what gender, and surely happiness. I just wish that North Carolina, as well as so many other states, could make the right decision.
Kristen Morgan May 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
This is one of the reasons my family chose to move to Connecticut from Virginia last year.
Paul Bahre May 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I'm sorry if my comment offended anyone. I was just being a wisea@@. I believe that people should be able to lead their lives anyway they want to and the CT State Laws reflect this reality.

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