CHAPTER 815f
CIVIL UNION

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Sec. 46b-38dd. Persons authorized to join persons in a civil union.
Sec. 46b-38gg. License. Period of validity. Penalty for solemnization without license. Validity of civil union ceremony.
Sec. 46b-38oo. Applicability of statutes to civil unions, civil union status and parties to a civil union.

      Sec. 46b-38dd. Persons authorized to join persons in a civil union. (a) Persons authorized to solemnize civil unions include (1) all judges and retired judges, either elected or appointed, including federal judges and judges of other states who may legally join persons in marriage or a civil union in their jurisdictions, (2) family support magistrates, state referees and justices of the peace who are appointed in Connecticut, and (3) all ordained or licensed members of the clergy, belonging to this state or any other state, as long as they continue in the work of the ministry. All civil unions solemnized according to the forms and usages of any religious denomination in this state are valid. All civil unions attempted to be celebrated by any other person are void.

      (b) No public official legally authorized to issue civil union licenses may join persons in a civil union under authority of a license issued by such official, or such official's assistant or deputy; nor may any such assistant or deputy join persons in a civil union under authority of a license issued by such public official.

      (c) Any person violating any provision of this section shall be fined not more than fifty dollars.

      (P.A. 05-10, S. 4; P.A. 07-79, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 07-79 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. designators (1) to (3) and revising provisions re persons authorized to solemnize civil unions within the state.

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      Sec. 46b-38gg. License. Period of validity. Penalty for solemnization without license. Validity of civil union ceremony. (a) No persons may be joined in a civil union in this state until both have complied with the provisions of sections 46b-38hh to 46b-38jj, inclusive, and have been issued a license by the registrar of vital statistics for the town in which (1) the civil union is to be celebrated, or (2) either person to be joined in the civil union resides, which license shall bear the certification of the registrar that the persons named therein have complied with the provisions of sections 46b-38hh to 46b-38jj, inclusive.

      (b) Such license, when certified by the registrar, is sufficient authority for any person authorized to perform a civil union ceremony in this state to join such persons in a civil union, provided the ceremony is performed not more than sixty-five days after the date of application.

      (c) Any person who joins any persons in a civil union without having received such license from them shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

      (d) In order to be valid in this state, a civil union ceremony shall be conducted by and in the physical presence of a person who is authorized to solemnize civil unions or marriages.

      (P.A. 05-10, S. 7; P.A. 07-79, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 07-79 added Subsec. (d) to require civil union ceremonies to be conducted by and in the presence of a person authorized to solemnize civil unions or marriages.

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      Sec. 46b-38oo. Applicability of statutes to civil unions, civil union status and parties to a civil union. Wherever in the general statutes the terms "spouse", "family", "immediate family", "dependent", "next of kin" or any other term that denotes the spousal relationship are used or defined, a party to a civil union shall be included in such use or definition, and wherever in the general statutes, except sections 7-45 and 17b-137a, subdivision (4) of section 45a-727a, and sections 46b-20 to 46b-34, inclusive, 46b-38nn and 46b-150d, the term "marriage" is used or defined, a civil union shall be included in such use or definition. Wherever in the general statutes, except sections 46a-60, 46a-64, 46a-64c and 46a-66, the term "marital status" is used or defined, civil union status shall be included in such use or definition.

      (P.A. 05-10, S. 15; P.A. 07-245, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 07-245 added provision re wherever in the general statutes, except Secs. 46a-60, 46a-64, 46a-64c and 46a-66, "marital status" is used or defined, civil union status shall be included in such use or definition, effective July 10, 2007.

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