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  Civil Unions in Connecticut with Rabbi Steve Mason
Connecticut is the second state in the United States to allow same-sex civil unions.
Through civil unions gays and lesbians can declare their love and commitment to each other and can enter into a legal partnership to gain some of the benefits of marriage.
Neither person in a civil union can be be married nor in a civil union elsewhere.
www.interfaithmarriages.com /civilunions.htm   (202 words)

  Civil unions in Connecticut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Civil unions provide same sex couples with many of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, including a voice in medical-care issues and legal standing to inherit money and property.).
Connecticut became the fifth state in the United States (following Vermont, Maine, California, and New Jersey) to adopt civil unions or domestic partnership, and the first to do so without judicial intervention.
A bill was passed by the Connecticut Senate on April 6, 2005 in a 27-9 vote.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Civil_unions_in_Connecticut   (334 words)

 Boston.com / News / Special reports / Gay Marriage / Conn. approves gay civil unions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The measure pushed Connecticut to the forefront of the debate over same-sex unions and made it the first state in the nation to enact civil unions without a court mandate.
The Connecticut legislation is similar to Vermont's and extends all the rights and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, except for the right to marry.
Connecticut's civil unions will not be recognized by the federal government and will carry no weight in the 49 other states, including Vermont.
www.boston.com /news/specials/gay_marriage/articles/2005/04/21/conn_approves_gay_civil_unions   (590 words)

The Connecticut law defines a civil union as a legal status, parallel to civil marriage at the state level, in which the parties to a civil union have the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under Connecticut law as are granted to spouses in a marriage.
Civil unions are available only to same sex couples who are not in another civil union or marriage; at least 18 years of age; and not closely related by blood.
In order to obtain a civil union license in Connecticut, both parties must appear and make an application before the registrar of the town in which either the civil union is to be celebrated or one of the parties to the civil union resides.
www.infoline.org /InformationLibrary/Documents/civilunionsct.asp   (348 words)

 Civil unions in Connecticut
The Connecticut Legislature and Senate passed a bill to create a system of civil unions which is similar to the Vermont and California legislation.
It states that same-sex "Parties to a civil union shall have all the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under law, whether derived from the general statutes, administrative regulations or court rules, policy, common law or any other source of civil law, as are granted to spouses in a marriage.
The Council may be unaware of the Q Poll which found adults in Connecticut supporting civil unions for same-sex couples by a ratio of 56 to 37%.
www.religioustolerance.org /hommarrct.htm   (1988 words)

 Gay News From 365Gay.com
Connecticut is the first state to pass a civil union law, which will confer many of the same rights as marriage, without court pressure.Gov. M.
The Connecticut law does not require justices and clergy to perform civil unions, and some said they won’t because of their religious beliefs.
Civil union applications will have spaces for “party 1” and “party 2” rather than “bride” and “groom.” And the seals that cities and towns use to make licenses official will be changed to say “vital statistics” rather than “marriage, birth or death.”
www.365gay.com /newscon05/09/092605conUnions.htm   (521 words)

 Civil Unions in Connecticut
Dissolutions of Marriages and Civil Unions in Connecticut
Annulment of Marriage and Civil Unions in Connecticut
Upon the recording of such affidavit by the registrar of vital statistics, the civil union of the affiants shall be deemed to be valid as of the date of the civil union stated in the affidavit.
www.jud.ct.gov /lawlib/Notebooks/Pathfinders/CivilUnions.htm   (2190 words)

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A civil union is a legal union between two people of the same sex which grants the parties all the same benefits under state law, as are granted to spouses in a marriage.
You can apply for a civil union license at the vital records or town clerk's office of the town where the union is to take place, or at the town of residence of one of the parties.
Civil unions are dissolved through a court proceeding similar to the dissolution of a marriage.
www.shorepublishing.com /archive/re.aspx?re=a6b37f06-b75a-4147-ac87-eeb294720d12   (556 words)

 Houston Voice Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
She said that the legislature was working on civil unions before the suit was filed and that the ultimate disposition of the lawsuit could take three years.
Republican Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell is on record saying that she is opposed to same-sex marriage, prefers that the civil unions bill include language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and would veto the bill if it could change the definition of marriage.
Connecticut is one of only nine states that have not passed a Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.
www.houstonvoice.com /2005/4-15/news/national/ctunions.cfm   (1339 words)

 Vermonters say gay marriage preferable to civil unions in Connecticut | News | Advocate.com
Although the civil union system being considered by Connecticut legislators would extend all state rights and responsibilities of married heterosexual couples to gay and lesbian couples, same-sex couples still would not be able to get married.
Robinson rates the achievements of civil unions as "a mixed bag." "It's too bad we that we just didn't pass a marriage equality law in Vermont, " she said.
Opponents of same-sex marriage in Connecticut say they are just as concerned about civil unions and are ready to put up a fight this legislative session.
www.advocate.com /news_detail.asp?id=3193   (817 words)

 Connecticut justices scramble to prepare for same-sex civil unions - Courttv.com - Top News
"On Oct. 1, civil unions become law in Connecticut, but there is not a JP in that room who knows what to do with it," said Saul Haffner, president of Justices of the Peace of Connecticut, which held a conference Saturday on the law.
Connecticut is the first state to pass a civil union law, which will confer the same rights as marriage, without court pressure.
Connecticut lawmakers who passed the civil unions law also defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
www.courttv.com /news/2005/0926/civilunions_ap.html   (613 words)

 Opponents of Connecticut civil unions promise a fight | News | Advocate.com
"Connecticut voters are more liberal than the rest of the nation on the issues of same-sex civil unions and gay marriage.
Republicans are narrowly divided on civil unions, 45% in favor and 48% opposed, but 70% oppose gay marriage.
Respondents age 65 and older were the only group to oppose civil unions, according to the survey.
www.advocate.com /news_detail.asp?id=15421   (594 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Nation -- Celebration, confusion expected as Connecticut recognizes civil unions
Connecticut will recognize Vermont's civil unions but officials are still researching other states' domestic partnership laws and civil unions granted in foreign countries.
The justices, who are not required to perform civil unions, have been encouraged to conclude civil union ceremonies by pronouncing couples "partners in life" rather than husband and wife.
That means a civil union partner's taxable income for state purposes will be different from the taxable income reported on their W-2 form.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/nation/20050930-0033-civilunions.html   (760 words)

 Traditionalists, gays pan Connecticut civil unions - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - April 22, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Connecticut's law, which takes effect Oct. 1, "is a major step toward ensuring equality for all families," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest homosexual rights advocacy group.
Civil unions, like marriages, are licensed and solemnized by justices of the peace, ordained clergy or other officials.
Civil union partners are treated as spouses under state law, and couples wishing to end their civil unions must undergo a dissolution process that may include alimony and child support.
www.washingtontimes.com /national/20050421-111727-8506r.htm   (483 words)

 Case Seeking to Establish Civil Unions in Connecticut Dismissed Due to Death of the Plantiff - Mathew D. Staver
CONNECTICUT - The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed a case that sought to establish civil unions in the state because of the death of the Plaintiff.
Liberty Counsel had previously filed a motion to intervene in the Connecticut Supreme Court to support the traditional recognition of marriage and not Vermont civil unions.
Liberty Counsel, who represented several Connecticut employers, is a civil liberties education and legal defense organization that has considerable experience in resisting the recognition of Vermont civil unions as traditional marriage in other states.
www.juntosociety.com /legal/liberty/lc_ms_na9.htm   (340 words)

 MSN Encarta - Marriage
In 2000 Vermont became the first state to allow gay partners to join in a civil union that grants them the same rights under state law that married heterosexual couples have.
In 2003 the Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the state of Massachusetts, ruled that same-sex marriages are permitted under the state’s constitution.
The court clarified its ruling in February 2004 by saying that civil unions were not a permissible substitute for marriage.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761574825_4/Marriage.html   (1528 words)

 Connecticut Approves Civil Unions for Gays   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
That's why they were pleased but still unsatisfied Wednesday when Connecticut offered civil unions to gay couples, becoming the first state to do so voluntarily, without being forced by the courts.
Vermont is the other state to allow civil unions, which carry the rights and privileges of marriage without the marriage license.
Marie Hilliard, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, said the civil union proposal "got more legs than we ever hoped it would get." About 44 percent of the state's 3 million residents are Roman Catholic.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2005/04/20/national/a150446D76.DTL&type=printable   (541 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / Conn. / Conn. nears OK of gay civil unions
The Connecticut Legislature is poised to establish civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, which would make the state the third in the nation to offer legal recognition to same-sex couples.
Connecticut would be the first state to act on gay unions without prompting by the courts.
That would mean that Connecticut would recognize the marriages of gay couples who were wed in Massachusetts, much of Canada, or other jurisdictions where such marriages are legal.
www.boston.com /news/local/connecticut/articles/2005/02/25/conn_nears_ok_of_gay_civil_unions   (511 words)

 Connecticut Closer to Approving Civil Unions (washingtonpost.com)
Connecticut would join Vermont, which sanctioned same-sex civil unions in 2000, and Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage became legal last May, as the only states to recognize such relationships.
Reynolds said passage of the civil union bill would only increase the likelihood that a lawsuit filed in Connecticut last year by seven gay couples seeking the right to marry would result in the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Jodi Rell (R) has said that she is comfortable with the "concept" of civil unions legislation, but that if the bill passes, she needs to see the final language before deciding whether to sign it into law.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A22026-2005Apr2.html   (997 words)

 Civil Unions in Connecticut
Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 1:08 am ET Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Bell--a Republican--signed a bill yesterday, legalizing civil unions in her state.
Marriage without the name, these civil unions will be invested with practically all the benefits and protections granted to marriage.
Connecticut becomes the first state to adopt civil union legislation without being ordered to do so by a court.
www.albertmohler.com /blog_read.php?id=14   (124 words)

 Christians Protest Legalization of Civil Unions in Connecticut | Christianpost.com- Christian News Online , Christian ...
Although they cannot be called "marriages," which the new law still defines as a union between one man and one woman, the newly effected "civil unions" confer the same rights as marriage within the state.
However, Smith said, "Priests and bishops in this diocese are not authorized to officiate at civil unions or at blessings of same-sex unions," according to the Hartford Courant.
Connecticut's legal unions, in contrast, were permitted by a vote from its legislature.
www.christianpost.com /article/society/1896/section/christians.protest.legalization.of.civil.unions.in.connecticut/1.htm   (725 words)

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Connecticut will recognize civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships from other states and foreign countries when a new law allowing civil unions takes effect here Oct. 1.
Blumenthal said Connecticut will recognize the California partnerships but needs to review the laws in New Jersey, Maine and other states and countries to see how they match up with Connecticut's civil unions law.
Under Connecticut's law, couples in civil unions get all the same rights and privileges as married heterosexual couples but are not permitted to marry.
www.kare11.com /news/news_article.aspx?storyid=107606   (489 words)

 USATODAY.com - Same-sex couples seek civil unions in Connecticut   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After receiving their civil union license Saturday, Lidia Agramonte and Maria Gomez had all the same rights as a married couple in Connecticut.
Connecticut is the second state to legally sanction same-sex couples.
Connecticut became the first state to legalize civil unions without being forced by the courts after lawmakers passed a law endorsing the unions in April.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2005-10-01-connecticutsamesexunions_x.htm   (468 words)

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