Same-sex marriage became legal in Connecticut on November 12, 2008 following a state Supreme Court decision in Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health. The plaintiffs in the case claimed that reserving marriage for only heterosexual couples was a violation of provisions of the Connecticut Constitution that guaranteed liberty and equality to all state citizens. Marriage replaced civil unions, which were created to allow same-sex partners some legal recognition.

Please refer to our Ultimate Guide to Gay Marriage Laws.

Should I Consult an Attorney?

Planning to build a life with your spouse can involve making complicated legal decisions. Same-sex couples may also face barriers when exercising their rights. You may want to consult a Connecticut family lawyer about your marriage.