- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 20, 2005

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut will recognize same-sex civil unions from other states and foreign countries, but not homosexual “marriages,” when a new law allowing civil unions takes effect Oct. 1.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said yesterday that his state will not recognize same-sex “marriages” from neighboring Massachusetts because the Connecticut legislature has defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

“Civil unions performed in other states are entitled to full faith and credit in Connecticut,” Mr. Blumenthal wrote in a legal opinion requested by the state’s Department of Public Health, which administers marriage licenses. “Out-of-state same-sex marriages have no legal force and effect here.”

However, same-sex couples who have contracted “marriages” elsewhere will be able to enter into civil unions in Connecticut.

Vermont is the only other state that allows civil unions. Massachusetts is the only state that performs homosexual “marriages.” Several states, including California, New Jersey and Maine, allow some form of same-sex domestic partnership.

Mr. Blumenthal said Connecticut will recognize the California partnerships but must review the laws in New Jersey, Maine and other states and countries to see how they match up with Connecticut’s civil unions law.

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