Conn. Ranks Tenth for LGBT-Friendly State Laws

Connecticut views itself as one of the most progressive states in the nation. However, a new study says the Nutmeg State ranks tenth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender-friendly state laws—still considered “high” but not at the top.

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), a LGBT advocacy group, published the reporter titled, “Mapping LGBT Equality in America.” California is at the top, Massachusetts seventh and Connecticut tenth. The top twelve are considered “High Equality States.”

“Yes, I would say Connecticut is considered a leader [on LGBT issues],” MAP researcher Heron Greenesmith tell The Hanging Shad. She said the rankings are important so people can see the movement of some states on the list in advance of the Supreme Court’s expected June decision on whether or not states’ ban on same sex marriage is constitutional.

Positioned ahead of Connecticut in the study are California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Colorado.

The major categories of laws covered by the policy tally include: 1. Marriage and Relationship Recognition, 2. Adoption and Parenting, 3. Non-Discrimination, 4. Safe Schools, 5. Health and Safety, 6. Ability for Transgender People to Correct the Gender Marker on Identity Documents.