PATRICK RAYCRAFT / The Hartford Courant
April 20, 2005
Gov. M. Jodi Rell meets with the media moments after signing Bill 963 on April 20, 2005, at the state Capitol. At left is Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, who co-championed the bill to legalize civil unions between same-sex couples. The measure, passed after nearly two decades of failed attempts, makes Connecticut the second state in the country, after Vermont, to legalize civil unions.