State Breakdown of Gay
    Marriage Rights
By: Amanda Couch, Ellie Houser,
       and Amy Schmitt
To help you understand…
• The Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
  defines marriage as a legal union between one
  man...
Alabama

The Alabama Marriage Protection Act
•Marriage between people of the same sex is
invalid
•The State of Alabama wil...
Alaska

• Official registry for same sex couples
• DOMA enacted into state law
• Constitutional amendment banning same-
  ...
Arizona



•DOMA banning same-sex
marriage
Arkansas


• Law banning same-sex marriages
• Constitutional amendment banning same-
  sex marriage
California



• Official registry for same-sex couples and law
  banning same-sex marriage
• On 5/15/08 California Supreme...
Colorado


• DOMA bans same-sex marriage
Connecticut


• Same-sex marriages became legal in
  November 2008
Delaware


• DOMA banning same-sex marriage
District of Columbia

• Official registry for same-sex couples
• Recognizes gay marriages performed in
  other states
Florida


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Georgia


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Passed constitutional amendment banning
  same- sex marriage in November 2004
Hawaii


• Constitutional law banning same-sex
  marriages
• Has domestic partnership laws that
  provide certain legal ri...
Idaho



• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Illinois



• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Indiana



• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Iowa


• Same-sex marriages allowed, effective on
  April 24, 2009
Kansas


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Kentucky

• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Passed a constitutional amendment
  banning same-sex marriage in November
  ...
Louisiana


• State law (DOMA) banning same-sex
  marriages
• Also have a constitutional amendment
  banning same-sex marr...
Maine


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Offers some legal protection to couples
  registered as domestic partners
Maryland

• Has 33-year-old state law defining
  marriage as a union between a man and a
  woman
Massachusetts



• Court ruling that strikes down any
  ban on same-sex marriages
Michigan


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Passed a constitutional amendment
  banning same-sex marriages in November
...
Minnesota



• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Mississippi


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Passed a constitutional amendment
  banning same-sex marriages in Novemb...
Missouri


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Passed a constitutional amendment
  banning same-sex marriages in November
...
Montana


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Passed constitutional amendment defining
  marriage as the union of a man an...
Nebraska


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Nevada



• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
New Hampshire


• Law banning same-sex marriages
• Effective January 1,2008 same-sex civil
  unions were allowed in New Ha...
New Jersey



• No laws banning same-sex marriages
• Same- sex civil unions allowed
New Mexico



• Does not have law banning same-sex
  marriages
New York

• Does not have a law banning same-sex
  marriages
North Carolina

• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
North Dakota


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• In November 2004 passed constitutional
  amendment banning same-sex mar...
Ohio


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• In November 2004 passed constitutional
  amendment banning same-sex marriages
Oklahoma


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• In November 2004 passed constitutional
  amendment banning same-sex marriag...
Oregon

• In November 2004, passed Measure 36 defining
  marriage between one man and one woman
• On January 1, 2008 Orego...
Pennsylvania


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Rhode Island


• Does not have a law banning same-sex
  marriages
South Carolina


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
South Dakota


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Tennessee

• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Texas


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Utah



• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Passed a constitutional amendment
  banning same-sex marriages in November
  2...
Vermont


• Law that legalizes and recognizes same-
  sex civil unions
• Effective September 1, 2009, same-sex
  marriages...
Virginia


• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Washington

• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
• Does give gay couples some rights
  normally given to married heterosexual...
West Virginia

• DOMA banning same-sex marriages
Wisconsin


• Law banning same-sex marriage
Wyoming


• Law banning same-sex marriages
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State Breakdown of Gay Marriage Rights/Laws

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