Catholic Church fights marriage in Connecticut

BY Advocate.com Editors

April 04 2003 1:00 AM ET

About 200 Catholics from Connecticut's Bridgeport, Hartford, and Norwich dioceses marched to the state capitol Tuesday to lobby lawmakers against legislation that would permit marriage rights for gay men and lesbians. The group met with legislative leaders, including senate minority leader Louis DeLuca and state senator William Aniskovich, who promised to not compromise on the pro-gay legislation. "A rose by any other name is still a rose," DeLuca said. "This is not a rose. It's a dandelion."

Aniskovich said backers of traditional marriage must oppose any "incremental drift" in the meaning of marriage. "I see no compromise at all. The fight here has to return it to a sacrament," he said. "We need to step away from compromise and see the big picture. This building tends to love compromise."

State representative Jack Malone said he does not believe lawmakers will enact pro-gay marriage rules this year. "It's not to say something smaller will not come out," he said. "I don't see it this year."

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