Connecticut

STATUS:

Marriage

WINNING MARRIAGE:

On October 10, 2008, Connecticut joined Massachusetts as the second state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage with the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling to uphold the freedom to marry in Kerrigan and Mock v. the CT Department of Public Health.

The case was brought by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders on behalf of eight same-sex couples who sought to end marriage discrimination in Connecticut. In April 2009, with bipartisan support, the Connecticut legislature voted to reaffirm the court's decision and realign state statues to uphold the freedom to marry, and the Governor signed the bill into law.

POLLING DATA: 

A majority of Connecticut voters (55%) agree with the current freedom to marry policy in the state, and only 32% want it to be illegal again. 70% of respondents said that marriage between same-sex couples has had no impact on their life. (Public Policy Polling, October 2011)

GROUPS THAT ACTIVELY WORKED ON MARRIAGE:

  • Love Makes a Family was a statewide non-profit advocacy organization working for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Connecticut. Upon completing its mission, it is now closed, but it still offers resources on its website.
  • Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression which brought the marriage equality case before the Connecticut Supreme Court, Kerrigan & Mock v. Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 7,852 same-sex couples are living in Connecticut, representing 5.7 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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