Pursuant to Section 16 of P.A. 02-105


     The Judiciary Committee conducted meetings and informational hearings on 11/20, 12/9 and 12/16. We asked the Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis to provide us with information on various topics relating to Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions. The Judiciary Committee has compiled these reports, along with the testimony we received from our invited speakers, and are forwarding them to you in compliance with P.A. 02-105 without recommendations or findings.


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Committee Meeting - November 20, 2002
Office of Legislative Research

·        Same-Sex Partners in Connecticut

·        Legal Recognition of Same Sex Partnerships

·        History of Civil Marriage in Connecticut: Selected Changes 

·        Effects of Lesbian and Gay Parenting on Children and of Same-Sex Unions on Heterosexual Marriage and Divorce Rates

·        Policy Arguments in Canadian Same-Sex Marriage Cases

·        Connecticut Laws Involving Marital Status

·        2000 Census Figures - Same-Sex Partner Households in Connecticut

·        Use of Family court Mediation Services by Unmarried Couples

·        Same-Sex Marriages

·        Civil Marriage and Civil Union Comparison

·        Civil Unions and Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities - Other States' Laws and Proposals

·        Law Commission of Canada Report: Beyond Conjugality

·        Vermont Civil Union Law- Town Clerk Penalties

·        Contracting For Rights/Responsibilities Associated with Marriage

Informational Hearing - December 9, 2002
Office of Legislative Research

·        Comparison of California's Domestic Partner Registry and Connecticut Laws

·        Update on Connecticut Cases Involving Same-Sex Partners

·        Federal and State DOMA Language

·        Registering a Domestic Partner in California

·        Civil Union Recognition Prohibited by State Law

·        States with Laws Restricting Marriage to Opposite-Sex Couples Before Passage of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act

·        Dissolving a Plural Marriage in Connecticut

·        U.S. Census Methodology: Same Sex Partners

Dr. Thomas Finn  - Psychologist
Judge Robert K. Killian, Jr.  - Judge of Probate, Hartford District
Robert Zavoski, MD, MPH - Hartford Children’s Medical Center and President Elect of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Julian B. Ferholt, MD - Child Psychiatrist for the Yale New Haven Medical Center and President Elect of the Connecticut Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Policy Statements by Professional Associations:  PDF
    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • American Academy of Family Physicians
    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • American Psychiatric Association
    • American Psychoanalytic Association
    • American Psychological Association
    • Child Welfare League of America
    • North American Council on Adoptable Children
Transcript  12/9/02 Informational Hearing
Informational Hearing - December 16, 2002
Attorney Joshua K. Baker - Marriage Law Project, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America

·        Testimony  PDF

Attorney Mary Bonauto - Attorney and Civil Rights Director with GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders); Co-Counsel in Baker vs. State of Vermont (Vermont Marriage Case); Counsel in Goodridge vs. State of Massachusetts (Massachusetts Marriage case pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)
Attorney Maureen M. Murphy - Murphy, Murphy & Nugent, specializing in family law and civil rights law
Transcript   12/16/02 Informational Hearing
Additional Research
Office of Legislative Research