Same Sex Marriage In Connecticut

On May 17th, 2004 the first state in the Union to allow Same Sex Marriage is the“Old Colony State”, of Massachusetts. The governor at that time dug up an old law that forbade marriages of same sex couples that did not reside in the State. He subsequently lasted one term and declined to run for office again.

July 15, 2008: The Massachusetts Senate voted to repeal the 1913 law that prohibits non-residents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would be void in their home state.
July 29, 2008: The Massachusetts House voted to repeal the 1913 law that prohibits non-residents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would be void in their home state.
July 31, 2008: An act repealing the 1913 law that prohibits non-residents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would be void in their home state took effect upon being signed by Governor Deval Patrick.

These acts opened the doors for out-of-state same sex couples to marry in Massachusetts.

On November 12, 2008, the State of Connecticut joined with its neighbor to the north. But this time, there were no issues regarding persons from out of state same sex marriages. Connecticut opened it’s heart, minds and arms to all.

Anyone can come from other states to both Connecticut and Massachusetts to have the opportunity to receive a same sex marriage license.

There have been millions of words, a lot more profound than, mine written about the subject, especially concerning the defeat of the recent California Proposition 8 vote.

For myself, I feel that the “winds are beginning to change” in favor for our community. It is very possible that New York State may be the third state to join its neighbors. If this becomes a reality, and you are a resident of New York State, I, as a native New Yorker residing in Connecticut, am thrilled to invite you to visit Connecticut..

Do We Have To Be Connecticut Residents?

No, there is no residency requirement for marriage in Connecticut.

Therefore, non-residents should be able to readily obtain a marriage license in Connecticut provided they are otherwise eligible. For non-resident couples,the marriage must be celebrated in the town where the marriage license issued. This answer can be found on Page 8 in the “Legal Information link below”

In the State of Connecticut, there is a very active organization,“Love Makes a Family”.

Under the stewardship of Ms. Anne Stanback, she and her staff and volunteers have been a beacon of light and hope for all.

I do hope that she and her organization do not object that I copy their recent newsletter post below, but her word are extermely important.

…“At the same time, we’ll be working with GLAD to ensure that couples who want to marry have the legal information they need and that those marriages are legally respected as they should be by the state, by towns, by employers and by hospitals, funeral homes, businesses and beyond.

But I like to think that one of the best things that we can do to help California is something that Connecticut is in a unique position to do this week: show the world—through the images of joyous couples and their children—what marriage equality looks like.”…

As I have posted on several LinkedIn questions, our community needs to continue to have hope in our hearts and learn some of the lessons from history and the Civil Rights movement. We need to continue to work together, and support one another, and more importantly in the current economic climate, support those businesses and industries that support and contribute to our community, not only through financial support, but with deeds of goodwill.

For those residents of New York State, that have not visited the State of Connecticut in awhile there are a host of wonderful activities you can incorporate into the “just filling out the marriage form and get married the same day”. So drive over the boarder, or take Metro North and enjoy the wonders of the State of Connecticut.

Should you have any questions regarding arranging travel within the State and or you should you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I will be more than pleased to try and answer your questions, and if you request any arrangements you may possibly have.



Historical Dates For November 13

Historical Events for November 13th

1789 Ben Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes”
1865 PT Barnum’s New American museum opens in Bridgeport CT
1851 Telegraph connection between London-Paris linked
1895 1st shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii
1921 “Sheik,” starring Rudolph Valentino, is released
1922 Black Renaissance begins Harlem NY
1927 The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel
linking New Jersey to New York City.
1937 NBC forms 1st full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
1940 Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” released
1946 1st artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt Greylock, MA
1956 Supreme Court strikes down segregation of races on public buses
1982 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1994 Sweden agrees to join European Union
1997 “Lion King,” opens at New Amersterdam Theater New York City

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Historical Dates for November 11th

1493 Columbus discovers Saba
1620 41 pilgrims land in Mass, sign Mayflower Compact (just & equal laws)
1647 Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law
1648 Dutch & French agree to divide St Maarten, Leeward Islands
1675 Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time to find the
area under the graph of y = f(x) function.
1725 Georg F Handel’s opera “Tamerlano,” premieres in London
1790 Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China
1811 Cartagena Columbia declares independence from Spain
1851 Alvan Clark patents telescope
1862 Opera “La Forza Del Destino” )…The Force of Destiny is produced in
St Petersburg,Russia, an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi.
1918 Armistice Day-WW I ends (at 11 AM on Western Front)
1925 Louis Armstrong records 1st of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings
1926 U.S. Route 66 is established.
1933 “Great Black Blizzard” 1st great dust storm in Great Plains
1959 1st episode of “Rocky & His Friends” airs
1969 Beatles with Billy Preston release “Get Back” in UK

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Historical Events for November 10th

Historical Events for November 10th.

1766 The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of
Queen’s College (later renamed Rutgers University).
1801 Kentucky outlaws dueling.
1871 Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David
Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika saying “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
1911 Andrew Carnegie founds Carnegie Corporation
1918 The Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, NS received a top-secret coded
message from Europe (that would be sent to Ottawa, ON and Washington, DC)
that said on November 11, all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air
1919 1st observance of National Book Week
1938 Kate Smith, on her weekly radio show, sings Irving Berlin’s God Bless America
for the first time.
1951 1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance
1958 The Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York
diamond merchant Harry Winston.
1960 United States Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill.
1969 “Sesame Street” premieres on PBS TV.
1971 US table tennis team arrived in China