On April 22, 2009, the Connecticut General Assembly approved a bill [PDF] granting same-sex couples the right to marry. The legislation codified the October 2008 ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which held that the Connecticut Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. The Connecticut Senate voted 28-7 to approve the bill, while the state's House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 100-44. The bill turned all previous civil unions into marriages starting in October 2010. Governor M. Jodi Rell signed the legislation on April 23, 2009, which made Connecticut the second state to officially sanction same-sex marriage via a vote of the legislature.