Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions. The divided court ruled 4-3 that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut’s civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.

“We are delighted that the court has ruled in favor of equal marriage rights,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “This is a historic day that underscores the unstoppable momentum of marriage equality for our families.”