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In voting for gay marriage, freshman Republican Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, a Catholic trial lawyer, said he could not legally come up with a reason against gay marriage. He apologized to supporters who expected him to vote against it.

The “Marriage Equality Act,” which passed the state Assembly on June 15, amends state law to say that “a marriage that is otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether the parties to the marriage are of the same or different sex.” It protects religious organizations and clergy from being forced to accommodate requests related to same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.