No residency requirement for same-sex couples to wed in Connecticut

Same-sex couples won’t have to live in Connecticut to wed once gay marriage becomes officially legal there. And they won’t have to wait.

Spouses-to-be will need only to complete a marriage license application, provide identification and make a sworn statement that the information that they provide is true.

There is no residency requirement under the state’s marriage laws, and Connecticut doesn’t impose a waiting period, as two dozen other states do.

The gay marriage decision becomes official on Oct. 28. The trial court must then enter the Supreme Court’s order before same-sex couples can marry here, however. This is expected to take 10 days or slightly longer.

Most other states won’t recognize same-sex marriages from Connecticut. The federal Defense of Marriage Act says states don’t have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 41 states have enacted legislation prohibiting same-sex marriages or the recognition of same-sex marriages formed elsewhere.

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