Common law marriage was abolished in January, 2005, but there are so very many folks who believe they entered into one before then.
Common law marriage, like a civil or religious marriage, requires that words of intention to be married be spoken. In other words, that on a particular day, at a particular time you and your spouse committed to be married to each other. You celebrate this date every year as your anniversary. That’s the first prong.
The second prong is that you held yourself out to the community as married people.
More next week on Common Law Marriage and the LGBTQ community.