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Same Sex Marriage License Laws

United States

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Here is a listing of same-sex marriage license laws in the U.S.

NOTES:

DOMA = Defense of Marriage Act

The information in this article was accurate when it was published. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans. Please notify us of any oversights or errors.

A

  • Alabama: According to Section 30-1-19 aka The Alabama Marriage Protection Act, "A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state ... The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any marriage of parties of the same sex that occurred or was alleged to have occurred as a result of the law of any jurisdiction regardless of whether a marriage license was issued."
  • Alaska: Has official registry for same-sex couples, DOMA enacted into state law, and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
  • Arizona: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • Arkansas: Has law banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

B

C

  • California: Yes, as of Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2013. Read more...
  • Colorado: A law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages was passed by voters in 2006. Same-sex couples are able to enter civil unions as of May 1, 2013.
  • Connecticut: Yes. Same-sex marriages became legal in Connecticut in November 2008.

D

  • Delaware: Yes.
  • District of Columbia: Yes. Same-sex marriages became legal in DC in March 2010. It also has an official registry for same-sex couples and recognizes gay marriages performed in other states.

E

F

  • Florida: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.

G

  • Georgia: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

H

  • Hawaii: Yes. Gay marriages became legal in Hawaii on December 2, 2013. The state also has domestic-partnership laws that provide certain legal rights to gay relationships.

I

  • Idaho: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • Illinois:  As of June 1, 2013, same-sex couples can get married in Illinois. Effective June 2011, same-sex couples were given spousal rights through civil unions. The spousal rights include "such things as hospital visitation, making health-care decisions, and matters concerning probate of a partner's estate."
  • Indiana: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • Iowa: Yes, same-sex marriages became legal in April 2009.

J

K

  • Kansas: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • Kentucky: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

L

  • Louisiana: Has both a state law (DOMA) and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.

M

  • Maine: As of December 29, 2012, gay marriage will be allowed in Maine.
  • Maryland: Yes. Same-sex couples can pick up their marriage licenses in Maryland on January 1, 2013.
  • Massachusetts: Yes. Has court ruling that strikes down any ban on same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriages are legal in Massachusetts.
  • Michigan: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
  • Minnesota: Yes.
  • Mississippi: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
  • Missouri: Has both a law (DOMA) and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.
  • Montana: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

N

  • Nebraska: Has constitutional law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • Nevada: Has constitutional law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • New Hampshire: Yes. Effective January 1, 2010, same-sex marriages were allowed in New Hampshire.
  • New Jersey: Does not have law banning same-sex marriages. Same-sex civil unions and marriages are allowed in New Jersey.
  • New Mexico: Does not have law banning same-sex marriages and in August 2013, a few counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In December 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples could get married in New Mexico.
  • New York: Yes. The New York legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law on June 24, 2011.
  • North Carolina: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • North Dakota: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

O

As of January 1, 2008, residents of Oregon can register for domestic partnerships and receive all the rights, benefits, privileges and immunities that are given to married couples in Oregon.
Oregon Domestic Partnership Information

  • Ohio: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
  • Oklahoma: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
  • Oregon: Yes. In May 2014, a judge ruled the state ban against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

P

  • Pennsylvania: Yes. In May 2014, a law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages was overturned.

Q

R

  • Rhode Island: Yes. Effective July 2011, same-sex civil unions are allowed in Rhode Island. The state does not have a law banning same-sex marriages.

S

T

  • Tennessee: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • Texas: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.

U

  • Utah:  Although Utah has a law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages, and in November, 2004, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a federal judge overturned their same-sex marriage ban iin December 2013. The ruling was halted in January 2014 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The state apparently is not recognizing same-sex marriages until further notice.

V

  • Vermont: Yes. Has law that legalizes and recognizes same-sex civil unions. Effective September 1, 2009, same-sex marriages became legal in Vermont.
  • Virginia: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.

W

  • Washington: Yes, effective December 6, 2012, same-sex couples can get married in the state of Washington.
  • West Virginia: Has law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriages.
  • Wisconsin: Has law banning same-sex marriages.
  • Wyoming: Has law banning same-sex marriages.

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Y

Z

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