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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Connecticut to recognize civil unions; not same sex marriages

Connecticut will recognize civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships from other states and foreign countries when a new law allowing civil unions takes effect Oct. 1. But Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday that Connecticut will not recognize same-sex marriages from neighboring Massachusetts because the Connecticut legislature has defined marriage as between a man and a woman. "Civil unions performed in other states are entitled to full faith and credit in Connecticut, and cannot be repeated here. Out-of-state same-sex marriages have no legal force and effect here," Blumenthal wrote in a legal opinion requested by the state's Department of Public Health, which administers marriage licenses. Married same-sex couples will, however, be able to enter into civil unions in Connecticut. Currently, Vermont is the only other state that allows civil unions. Massachusetts is the only state that allows same-sex marriages. Several states, including California, New Jersey and Maine, allow some form of same-sex domestic partnership. By: Susan Haigh, Associated Press Writer, news. (last visited September 21, 2005, REO).

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