When one thinks of the state of Connecticut, there’s often a semi-boring vision that arises: lots of colonial houses, Yale University, George W. Bush was born there — as was Foxwoods Casino. But not only is the state becoming more diverse in population and geography, but has been pretty bad-ass when it comes to progressive legislation — hello, gay marriage! — but also this week in particular.
Saturday morning, the state senate voted for final approval of legislation that will protect people from being discriminated against in the workplace or while seeking housing or obtaining credit based on gender identity and expression. I love what Sen. Eric Coleman, co-chairman of the legislature’s judiciary committee, had to say:
“It is not in, my estimation, a big deal to provide the protection they are seeking. In my estimation, that’s what the state of Connecticut should be about.”
Booyah! Also on Saturday, Connecticut became the first state to pass a statewide law providing paid sick days.
Good on you, Connecticut.
P.S. Did I mention they may also decriminalize marijuana? Just sayin’…