The State Of Gay Marriage In The US

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Who has what, exactly?

On March 21, Pennsylvania has joined the 18 states (and District of Columbia) who already allow gay marriage, bringing us to a grand total of 19! Rue Landau and Kerry Smith, a lesbian couple, were the first to get a marriage license at Philadelphia City Hall. They made sure to make it since all couples who get a license will have to wait three days to get married unless they can convince a judge to waive the waiting period. Although this is big victory there is still so much more progress to be made, especially in the southeast where there has yet to be a state to allow gay marriage.

To that end, we compiled this handy dandy list detailing exactly which states are gay marriage-friendly, and which are not.

States that legalized gay marriage (yay!):

Washington
Oregon
California
New Mexico
Minnesota
Iowa
Illinois
Maryland
Rhode Island
New Jersey
New Hampshire
Vermont
Massachusetts
Connecticut
Delaware
Washington DC
Pennsylvania
New York
Maine
Hawaii

States where judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, with many of these rulings now stayed as they proceed to appellate courts (so close!):

Arizona
Idaho
Michigan
Oklahoma
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Indiana
Kentucky
Ohio
Tennessee

States that offer broad protections short of marriage (well, it’s better than nothing):

Colorado (allows civil unions)
Nevada (offers broad domestic partnerships)
Wisconsin (more limited domestic partnerships)

States that prohibit gay marriage (boo!):

Alaska
Mississippi
Arkansas
Missouri
Montana
South Dakota
North Dakota
Nebraska
Wyoming
Kansas
Louisiana
Alabama
Georgia
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
Florida

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