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Substitute House Bill No. 6573

Public Act No. 03-238

AN ACT CONCERNING THE VALIDATION OF CERTAIN MARRIAGES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 46b-22a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

All marriages, celebrated [on and after April 27, 2001, and before June 3, 2002] before the effective date of this section, otherwise valid except that the justice of the peace joining such persons in marriage did not have a valid certificate of qualification, are validated, provided the justice of the peace who joined such persons in marriage represented himself or herself to be a duly qualified justice of the peace and such persons reasonably relied upon such representation.

Sec. 2. Section 46b-24a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

All marriages celebrated [on and after April 27, 2001, and before June 3, 2002] before the effective date of this section, otherwise valid except that the license for any such marriage was issued in a town other than the town in this state in which such marriage was celebrated, are validated.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) All marriages celebrated on or after January 1, 2001, and before the effective date of this section, otherwise valid except that the term of office as justice of the peace of the person joining such persons in marriage had expired, are validated, provided the person who joined such persons in marriage represented himself or herself to be a duly qualified justice of the peace and such persons reasonably relied upon such representation.

Approved July 9, 2003