Justice of the Peace Association
AG OPINION ON
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Dear Connecticut Justice of
On October 28, Attorney General Blumenthal answered the questions we've been
asking about the ramifications of the recent CT Supreme Court ruling on gay
marriages. His opinion contains some surprises:
- Justices of the Peace may not refuse to perform a marriage because the
couple is gay, as that would be discriminatory.
- The status of existing civil unions in Connecticut remains the same with
all their rights.
- Same-sex couples need not dissolve civil unions before marrying each
other but must take the additional step of getting married.
- The state will continue to grant both same-sex marriages and civil
unions under current law.
- Connecticut will continue to recognize out-of-state civil unions and
will now also recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
- The Superior Court is expected to implement marriage for same sex
couples on or about Nov. 10.
This topic will be foremost on the agenda of the Justice of the Peace
Association conferences on the mornings of
- November 8 at Bristol City Hall and on
- November 15 at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.
Do come and get the latest information from the source -- we are encouraged
that the Attorney General and Beth Frugale, State Registrar of Vital
Statistics, may attend. It's also a great opportunity to talk
to other JPs about the opportunity and challenges in these exciting times.
Other topics to be addressed: Accounting for JPs, Sealing the
Contract, Interfaith Ceremonies... and more!
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