For the second time this year, a state supreme court has pre-empted the democratic process by ordering the legalization of same-sex “marriage.”

In a decision just announced by the Connecticut Supreme Court, Connecticut’s law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples has been ruled unconstitutional.

The court found that the law unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

A similar decision by the California Supreme Court this spring has resulted in a ballot initiative, Proposition 8, to amend the California state constitution to outlaw homosexual “marriage.”

Massachusetts also legalized such unions in 2004, courtesy of a state Supreme Court decision.

In Connecticut, pro-family advocates are urging defenders of traditional marriage to vote in favor of a ballot measure that would convene a constitutional convention.

If approved by voters, the convention could lead to the passage of a constitutional amendment protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

— Tom McFeely