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Raised Bill No. 1086

January Session, 2015


LCO No. 5009



Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY


Introduced by:





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

Section 1. Section 46b-22 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2015):

(a) Persons authorized to solemnize marriages in this state 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 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, and (4) any person duly authorized to solemnize marriages in another state if such person (A) provides proof of such authority to the registrar for the town in which the marriage is to be celebrated, (B) completes a written application prescribed by the registrar of the town in which the marriage is to be celebrated, which application shall minimally set forth the names of the persons to be married, the date of the marriage and the name and address of the out-of-state officiant, and (C) remits to such registrar a twenty-five dollar application fee. All marriages solemnized according to the forms and usages of any religious denomination in this state, including marriages witnessed by a duly constituted Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is, are valid. All marriages attempted to be celebrated by any other person are void.

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

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2015


Statement of Purpose:

To allow residents of other states to perform marriages in this state if certain requirements are met.

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