2008_11_gaymari.jpgA month after the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned the gay marriage ban, the Constitution State began offering same-sex marriage licenses today. The first couple to get a license was Barbara and Robin Levine-Ritterman, who, the NY Times reports, were one of eight couples "who successfully sued the state to allow same-sex marriage." The Hartford Courant asked some residents for their opinions and many were pretty nonchalant--one said, "I don't think it's a big deal... I think the economy is a lot more important." Rep. Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven) said, "[Today] will come and go, and I think what kind of puppy Barack Obama will get will be a much bigger topic of conversation in Connecticut than the fact that several dozen couples will get married."