Research guide prepared
by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:
OLR Research Reports -
Office of Legislative Research:
Race Requirements on Marriage Licenses
- 2020-R-0061 Provide information on (1) Connecticut’s law that requires
individuals to disclose their race on marriage
license application forms and (2) a recent court
challenge to a similar law in Virginia.
Justices of the Peace
- 2016-R-0004 How are justices of the peace selected and what are their duties?
- 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.
Undissolved Civil Union on Subsequent Marriage 2012-R-0409 This
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 - 2010-R-0112
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
Marriage - 2006-R-0322
You asked if a recently ordained minister must obtain a state or municipal
license to perform marriages.
of Civil Marriage in CT: Selected Changes - 2002-R-0850
Information from United Way
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. 17-54 -
An Act Concerning the Legal Age to Marry in this State. [Summary]
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
Marriage of persons related by consanguinity or
Who may join persons in marriage. Penalty for
Validation of marriages
performed by unauthorized justice of the peace or
family support referee.
Joining persons in marriage knowingly without authority.
License. Period of validity. Penalty for
solemnization without license. Validity of marriage
Validation of marriage occurring in town other than town where license
Application for license.
Validity of marriages
celebrated in a foreign country.
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
Marriage of minors.
U.S. Supreme Court Case Law