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!):
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!):
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!):