Same-Sex Marriage: Where the States Stand

As of September 10, 2012, the following 11 U.S. states recognize same-sex marriages. Of those, seven also actively allow same-sex marriages. Three of the states are awaiting the results of referenda or court rulings before proceeding with full legalization.

States allowing same-sex marriage:

  1. Connecticut
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Iowa
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Hampshire
  6. New York
  7. Vermont

States where same-sex marriage was legalized in 2012 but has been challenged and placed on hold:

  1. Washington (state law challenged by Referendum 74, to appear on November 2012 ballot)
  2. Maryland (state law challenged by Question 6, to appear on November 2012 ballot)
  3. California (state law overturned in 2010 by Proposition 8, then reaffirmed by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in 2012; now stayed pending further appeals and awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court later this year)

States that only recognize same-sex marriage for now:

  1. Maryland (also see above)
  2. Rhode Island
  3. California (recognizes marriages performed before 11/5/2008; also awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding challenges)

Also see The Guardian‘s interactive chart showing gay rights in the U.S., state by state as of May 11, 2012. To view details of the chart, click on the image below:

Gay Rights in the U.S., State by State

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2 Responses to “Same-Sex Marriage: Where the States Stand”

  1. Neil Says:

    Wisconsin also has a domestic partnership registry state-wide.

  2. Sedara Bond Says:

    I am the Editor in Chief for a community college paper that is free to the public. What would I need to do to be able to use the map at the top as our photo for our Left2Right column. L2R is an opinion piece where we have three view points, liberal, conservative & in between. Please let me know what I would need to do to use this. My email is communicator.editor@gmail.com

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