MARRIAGE IN CONNECTICUT
The following is excerpted from GLAD’s A
Brief Q&A About Marriage For Same-Sex
Couples in Connecticut (http://www.glad.org/uploads/docs/publications/ct-marriage-q-and-a.pdf).
On October 10, 2008, Connecticut’s Supreme Court
ruled that the state can no longer bar same-sex
couples from marrying.
Requirements for Marriage in Connecticut
As of November 12, 2008, any couple regardless
of gender can marry in Connecticut, provided they
meet the state’s marriage requirements. Those
- must be 18 or older (if under 18 a person can
marry with the approval of a parent, guardian or
- not be married or in a civil union with a
different person (you can marry the same person
with whom you already have a civil union);
- not be closely related by blood or marriage;
- have approval if under conservatorship.
Where to get a Marriage License
Each person wishing to get married must go to a
town hall and fill out a marriage application (an
application can also be downloaded from the
internet and filled out at the town hall). If a
person is a Connecticut resident, that person must
go to the town hall where he/she resides or where
the ceremony will take place. For non-resident
couples, the couple must apply for the marriage
license in the town where the ceremony takes
place. After submission of the application, the
town clerk provides a marriage license. After the
ceremony, the person who officiates at the wedding
must return the marriage license to the town where
the ceremony took place.
Required Documents and Fees
Couples need to bring the following documents to
the Town Clerk’s office:
- valid form of identification (driver’s
license, resident ID, passport or birth
- completed marriage license application; and
- $30 marriage license fee.
The Wedding Ceremony
A couple has 65 days from the day they apply for
a marriage license to have a wedding ceremony.
Persons authorized to marry couples in Connecticut
- all Connecticut judges and retired judges;
- all federal judges and judges from any state
who are authorized to marry;
- all Connecticut justices of the peace, family
support magistrates and state referees; and
- ordained clergy from any state provided they
are currently in the ministry.
Connecticut does not require that there be any
witnesses (although religious entities may require
Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages
Same-sex marriages are recognized by the states
of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
California recognized same-sex marriage, but
withdrew recognition with a 2008 referendum, so
the situation there is unclear. In New Hampshire
and New Jersey same-sex marriages are regarded the
same as civil unions. In other states, same-sex
marriages are recognized for certain purposes and
not for others. Many states refuse to recognize
the marriages of same-sex couples, but private
companies in those states may recognize same-sex
marriages. The federal Defense of Marriage Act
(DOMA), passed in 1996, defines marriage as only
between a man and a woman for all federal
purposes. DOMA prevents same-sex married couples
from having access to the 1138 federal provisions
that pertain to marriage.
Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions
After October 1, 2010, all
Connecticut civil unions were converted into
marriages by operation of law.
SOURCE: Gay & Lesbian Advocates &
Defenders: A Brief Q&A About Marriage For
Same-Sex Couples in Connecticut
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2013