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.
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