OLR Bill Analysis

SB 991

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGES.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows all ordained or licensed clergy members, including those ordained online, to perform marriage ceremonies in Connecticut. It does this by eliminating the requirement that these individuals continue ministerial work. Current law allows clergy members ordained or licensed in any state to perform the ceremonies, but only if they continue in the work of the ministry.

Existing law also allows the following judicial authorities to perform marriage ceremonies in Connecticut:

1. judges and retired judges, including out-of-state judges authorized to perform marriages in their jurisdictions and

2. Connecticut-appointed family support magistrates, state referees, and justices of the peace.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

0

(03/23/2015)