Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Faculty Publication: Peter Nicolas on Common-Law Same-Sex Marriage

Peter Nicolas, Common Law Same-Sex Marriage, 43 Conn. L. Rev. 931 (2011), available at

Prof. Nicolas considers the prospects for common law same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia, Iowa, and New Hampsire. These states allow same-sex couples to marry and also recognize common-law marriages.

He addresses
the question whether it makes sense--as a policy matter--to expand the concept of common law marriage to include same-sex couples, including an analysis of whether being a closeted same-sex couple is consistent with being in a common law marriage.

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