CONNECTICUT CIVIL UNIONS
WHAT IS A CIVIL UNION?
Connecticut law defines a civil union as a legal
status, parallel to civil marriage at the state level,
in which the parties to a civil union are of the same
sex and have the same benefits, protections and
responsibilities under Connecticut law as are granted
to spouses in a marriage (Public Act 05-10 1(1),
14-15). Connecticut's civil union laws were effective
October 1, 2005 and were repealed effective
October 1, 2010.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN CONNECTICUT
As of November 12, 2008, any couple regardless of
gender can marry in Connecticut provided they meet the
state's marriage requirements. After October 1, 2010,
no civil union license may be issued or filed in
Connecticut and all Connecticut civil unions
were converted into marriages by operation of law.
For further information on same-sex marriages in Connecticut, see the 2-1-1 eLlibrary paper Same-Sex Marriages in Connecticut.
For more in-depth information on the history of Civil
Unions and Same-Sex Marriage implementation in
Connecticut, visit the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law
Libraries guide at, http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/notebooks/pathfinders/civilunions.pdf
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST MODIFIED: January2015