The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned that state's ban on gay marriage in a 4-3 decision.

Ruling that gay Americans are afforded equal protection to marry, the court said "our conventional understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection."

The ruling could have reverberations in presidential and congressional races, where Republicans used a number of ballot initiatives banning gay marriage to boost turnout for their candidates.

Read the opinion here.

-Michael O'Brien