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Connecticut recognizes the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. And because the US Supreme Court overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government also recognizes LGBT marriages. This means same-sex married couples living in Connecticut are eligible for all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.
Here is a run-down on Connecticut law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Connecticut legalized marriages of same-sex couples on November 12, 2008. Connecticut was the third state to do so after California and Massachusetts. The decision came in a case brought in 2004 by the eight same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Madison, Connecticut. The first same-sex marriages in Connecticut took place on November 12th.On October 1, 2010, all existing civil unions were automatically transformed into marriages.
To date, sixteen states – CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WA – plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Connecticut has provided benefits to same-sex partners of state employees since 2000.
2 Adoption Law: Connecticut allows adoption by single individuals, opposite sex and same-sex couples, married or not. Statutes say that the sexual orientation of a prospective adoptive parent may be considered in adoption decisions, but there is no evidence that an adoption has been denied on the basis of sexual orientation.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Connecticut bans discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in public places, public and private employment, governmental services and in receiving goods and services from public places or governmental institutions. All individual citizens under state law are protected from hate crimes motivated by both sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
4 Sodomy Law: Laws against consensual sodomy were repealed in 1971.
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