PA 15-74—SB 991

Public Health Committee

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

SUMMARY: This act 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. Prior law allowed ordained or licensed clergy members to perform the ceremonies, but only if they continued 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

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