C.G.S.A. § 46B-21. Kindred who may not marry
No man may marry his mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, stepmother or stepdaughter, and no woman may marry her father, grandfather, son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, stepfather or stepson. Any marriage within these degrees is void.
C.G.S.A. § 45a-727a. State policy re best interests of child; public policy re marriage.
The General Assembly finds that:
(1) The best interests of a child are promoted by having persons in the child’s life who manifest a deep concern for the child’s growth and development;
(2) The best interests of a child are promoted when a child has as many persons loving and caring for the child as possible;
(3) The best interests of a child are promoted when the child is part of a loving, supportive and stable family, whether that family is a nuclear, extended, split, blended, single parent, adoptive or foster family; and
(4) It is further found that the current public policy of the state of Connecticut is now limited to a marriage between a man and a woman.
On August 27, 2004, the ACLU and GLAD (the organization that filed the Goodridge lawsuit in Massachusetts) filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven same-sex couples claiming a right to marry under the Connecticut Constitution. Connecticut does not have a DOMA.
Rosengarten v. Downes, 802 A.2d 170 (Conn. App. 2002).
A homosexual with a Vermont civil union sought a divorce in Connecticut. The Connecticut Court of Appeals ruled that there was no subject matter jurisdiction because a civil union was not a family relationship recognized under Connecticut law. The Connecticut Supreme Court granted review, but the appeal became moot upon the plaintiff’s death.