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  • 1. State Breakdown of Gay Marriage Rights By: Amanda Couch, Ellie Houser, and Amy Schmitt
  • 2. To help you understand…
    • The Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and provides that states need not recognize a marriage from another state if it is between persons of the same sex.
    • 37 states have their own Defense of Marriage Acts
    • 2 more states have strong language that defines marriage as one man and one woman.
    • There are 30 states that have constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage
  • 3. Alabama
    • The Alabama Marriage Protection Act
    • Marriage between people of the same sex is invalid
    • The State of Alabama will not recognize as valid and marriage parties of the same sex, regardless of whether a marriage license was issued
  • 4. Alaska
    • Official registry for same sex couples
    • DOMA enacted into state law
    • Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage
  • 5. Arizona
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriage
  • 6. Arkansas
    • Law banning same-sex marriages
    • Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage
  • 7. California
    • Official registry for same-sex couples and law banning same-sex marriage
    • On 5/15/08 California Supreme Court allowed right to marry equally to gay and straight couples. But 6 months later, Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in November 2008
  • 8. Colorado
    • DOMA bans same-sex marriage
  • 9. Connecticut
    • Same-sex marriages became legal in November 2008
  • 10. Delaware
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriage
  • 11. District of Columbia
    • Official registry for same-sex couples
    • Recognizes gay marriages performed in other states
  • 12. Florida
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 13. Georgia
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed constitutional amendment banning same- sex marriage in November 2004
  • 14. Hawaii
    • Constitutional law banning same-sex marriages
    • Has domestic partnership laws that provide certain legal rights to gay relationships
  • 15. Idaho
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 16. Illinois
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 17. Indiana
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 18. Iowa
    • Same-sex marriages allowed, effective on April 24, 2009
  • 19. Kansas
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 20. Kentucky
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in November 2004
  • 21. Louisiana
    • State law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages
    • Also have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 22. Maine
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Offers some legal protection to couples registered as domestic partners
  • 23. Maryland
    • Has 33-year-old state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman
  • 24. Massachusetts
    • Court ruling that strikes down any ban on same-sex marriages
  • 25. Michigan
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 26. Minnesota
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 27. Mississippi
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 28. Missouri
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 29. Montana
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman
  • 30. Nebraska
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 31. Nevada
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 32. New Hampshire
    • Law banning same-sex marriages
    • Effective January 1,2008 same-sex civil unions were allowed in New Hampshire
  • 33. New Jersey
    • No laws banning same-sex marriages
    • Same- sex civil unions allowed
  • 34. New Mexico
    • Does not have law banning same-sex marriages
  • 35. New York
    • Does not have a law banning same-sex marriages
  • 36. North Carolina
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 37. North Dakota
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • In November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 38. Ohio
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • In November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 39. Oklahoma
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • In November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 40. Oregon
    • In November 2004, passed Measure 36 defining marriage between one man and one woman
    • On January 1, 2008 Oregon residents could register for domestic partnerships and receive all rights, benefits, privileges and immunities that are given to married couples in Oregon
  • 41. Pennsylvania
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 42. Rhode Island
    • Does not have a law banning same-sex marriages
  • 43. South Carolina
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 44. South Dakota
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 45. Tennessee
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 46. Texas
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 47. Utah
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 48. Vermont
    • Law that legalizes and recognizes same-sex civil unions
    • Effective September 1, 2009, same-sex marriages legal in Vermont
  • 49. Virginia
      • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 50. Washington
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Does give gay couples some rights normally given to married heterosexual couples
  • 51. West Virginia
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 52. Wisconsin
    • Law banning same-sex marriage
  • 53. Wyoming
    • Law banning same-sex marriages