There has been a lot of confusion over the merging of existing Connecticut civil unions into marriages. Many couples incorrectly believe that their existing civil union automatically became a marriage on November 12, 2008, when the law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect.
Under Public Act 09-13, Connecticut couples who have entered into civil union – but who do not obtain a marriage license and participate in a marriage ceremony prior to October 1, 2010 — will automatically be deemed by the State of Connecticut to be married as of that date. Their civil union status will cease; however, there is no provision in the law for town clerks to issue such couples a new marriage certificate when that transition occurs.
Exception: If a couple has filed a court action for dissolution (divorce), annulment or legal separation of their civil union and it is not completed by October 1, 2010, that civil union will not become a marriage. If your dissolution (divorce) has already been finalized prior to October 1, 2010, there is no civil union in existence that could be converted to marriage on that date.
For couples who entered into a civil union in Connecticut and who subsequently marry the same person prior to October 1, 2010, their civil union will be merged into marriage as of the date of the marriage. Their civil union status will terminate on the date of the marriage.
I hope this clears up some of the existing confusion.
To convert your existing civil union certificate to a marriage certificate, please read my post, “Converting Your Connecticut Civil Union Certificate to a Marriage Certificate” by copying and pasting the following link into your browser: