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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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