No Convention, Say Constitution State Voters

There will not be a Constitutional Convention in Connecticut, at least until 2028.

Voters in Connecticut have decided against holding a convention to amend the state's constitution, dealing a major blow to opponents of same-sex marriage.

The Associated Press reports, with 45 precincts counted, the question failed 61 percent to 39 percent.

Proponents of a convention had viewed it as the easiest path toward overturning last month's state Supreme Court ruling that found banning gay marriage unconstitutional.

Connecticut voters are asked every 20 years whether the state should hold convention, during which delegates can rewrite the entire constitution. The last constitutional convention was held in 1965 to correct a flawed system of apportioning representatives to the General Assembly.

This time, proponents had hoped to change the constitution to allow citizens the opportunity to bypass the legislature and petition for changes in state law through direct ballot initiatives.

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