Research guide prepared
by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:
OLR Research Reports -
Office of Legislative Research:
Undissolved Civil Union on Subsequent Marriage
backgrounder summarizes Elia-Warnken v. Elia, 463 Mass. 29 (2012),
the case in which the Massachusetts Supreme Court invalidated a same-sex
marriage because one of the celebrants was in an undissolved civil union
when marriage took place.
States that Recognize Common Law Marriage
- 2013-R-0264 You asked for (1) an overview of common-law marriage under
Connecticut law, including palimony matters and (2) a summary of all states
that allow common-law marriage.
You asked (1) how many states recognize common law marriage and (1) the
basic standards for forming them.
Commissioner of Public Health - 2008-R-0585
You asked us to summarize
Kerrigan v. Department of Public Health,
289 Conn. 135 (2008), the recent state Supreme Court case holding it to be
unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.
License to Perform
You asked if a recently ordained minister must obtain a state or municipal
license to perform marriages.
of Civil Marriage in CT: Selected Changes
U.S. Department of State International Judicial
online catalog for
availability and locations.
- Louise Truax, Editor, Connecticut Family Law,
LexisNexis Practice Guide.
7 Arnold H. Rutkin and Kathleen A. Hogan,
Connecticut Practice Series, Family Law and Practice with Forms, 3rd edition.
- Chapter 3. Marriage Generally
P.A. 15-214 - An Act
Concerning the Validity of Marriages. [Summary]
P.A. 09-13 - An Act Implementing the Guarantee of Equal
Protection Under the Constitution of the State for Same Sex Couples. [Bill
To implement the
decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court in Kerrigan v.
Commissioner of Public Health, provide for the recognition of
marriages and relationships providing substantially the same rights,
benefits and responsibilities entered into in another state or
jurisdiction and provide for the merger of existing civil unions into
Kindred who may not marry.
Who may join persons in marriage.
Validity of marriages performed by unauthorized justice of the peace.
Joining persons in marriage knowingly without authority.
License required. Period of validity. Penalty.
Validation of marriage occurring in town other than town where license
Application for license.
When marriages in foreign country valid.
Sec. 46b-28a. Recognition of
marriages and other relationships entered into in another state or
Recognition by another state or jurisdiction of marriages entered into in
Marriage of persons under conservatorship or guardianship.
Marriage of minors.
U.S. Supreme Court Case Law