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Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health

Supreme Court of Connecticut
957 A.2d 407 (2008)


Eight same-sex couples (plaintiffs) sued the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health (defendant) and the town clerk of Madison (defendant) after the town denied them marriage licenses. After the lawsuit was filed, the state of Connecticut enacted a civil-union law which provided same-sex couples all of the state-law benefits provided to married opposite-sex couples except for the right to marry. Plaintiffs then narrowed their claim to a challenge of the civil-union law. The trial court granted summary judgment to defendants on the ground that plaintiffs did not demonstrate a legally cognizable injury. Plaintiffs appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Palmer, J.)

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