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.

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