Reports & Research

Economic benefits of marriage under federal and Connecticut state law

Report Type: 
March 22, 2005

Even if the Connecticut legislature passes a civil unions bill, it will not allow same-sex couples in the state to access all of the benefits and protections afforded to married opposite-sex couples because civil unions are not recognized under federal law.

Just a few of the benefits denied to same-sex couples:

  • Reduced federal and state income tax liability;
  • Social Security retirement and survivor benefits;
  • Surviving-spouse entitlements.