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State Laws on Gay Marriage

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This is a slideshow that shows a state by state breakdown on each state's laws on gay marriage

This is a slideshow that shows a state by state breakdown on each state's laws on gay marriage

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  • 1. State Breakdown of Gay Marriage Rights By: Amanda Couch, Ellie Houser, and Amy Schmitt
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Alaska
    • Official registry for same sex couples
    • DOMA enacted into state law
    • Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage
  • 4. Arizona
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriage
  • 5. Arkansas
    • Law banning same-sex marriages
    • Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Colorado
    • DOMA bans same-sex marriage
  • 8. Connecticut
    • Same-sex marriages became legal in November 2008
  • 9. Delaware
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriage
  • 10. District of Columbia
    • Official registry for same-sex couples
    • Recognizes gay marriages performed in other states
  • 11. Florida
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 12. Georgia
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed constitutional amendment banning same- sex marriage in November 2004
  • 13. Hawaii
    • Constitutional law banning same-sex marriages
    • Has domestic partnership laws that provide certain legal rights to gay relationships
  • 14. Idaho
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 15. Illinois
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 16. Indiana
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 17. Iowa
    • Same-sex marriages allowed, effective on April 24, 2009
  • 18. Kansas
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 19. Kentucky
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in November 2004
  • 20. Louisiana
    • State law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages
    • Also have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 21. Maine
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Offers some legal protection to couples registered as domestic partners
  • 22. Maryland
    • Has 33-year-old state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman
  • 23. Massachusetts
    • Court ruling that strikes down any ban on same-sex marriages
  • 24. Michigan
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 25. Minnesota
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 26. Mississippi
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 27. Missouri
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 28. Montana
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman
  • 29. Nebraska
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 30. Nevada
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 31. New Hampshire
    • Law banning same-sex marriages
    • Effective January 1,2008 same-sex civil unions were allowed in New Hampshire
  • 32. New Jersey
    • No laws banning same-sex marriages
    • Same- sex civil unions allowed
  • 33. New Mexico
    • Does not have law banning same-sex marriages
  • 34. New York
    • Does not have a law banning same-sex marriages
  • 35. North Carolina
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 36. North Dakota
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • In November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 37. Ohio
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • In November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 38. Oklahoma
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • In November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages
  • 39. 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
  • 40. Pennsylvania
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 41. Rhode Island
    • Does not have a law banning same-sex marriages
  • 42. South Carolina
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 43. South Dakota
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 44. Tennessee
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 45. Texas
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 46. Utah
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004
  • 47. Vermont
    • Law that legalizes and recognizes same-sex civil unions
    • Effective September 1, 2009, same-sex marriages legal in Vermont
  • 48. Virginia
      • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 49. Washington
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
    • Does give gay couples some rights normally given to married heterosexual couples
  • 50. West Virginia
    • DOMA banning same-sex marriages
  • 51. Wisconsin
    • Law banning same-sex marriage
  • 52. Wyoming
    • Law banning same-sex marriages