Marriage Equality – Where is Gay Marriage Legal Right Now and What’s Happening in Your State?

One of the first questions asked before planning a gay wedding is where is gay marriage legal right now? Get an update on marriage equality here.

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The State of Marriage Equality In the U.S.

Consider that this will be an ever-evolving and changing page and the progress of marriage equality continues and it becomes legal for you to have your gay marriage in more and more locations. However, as of the Fall of 2013 – here is where we stand:

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States That Allow Gay Marriage

Currently, thirteen States (CA, CT, DE, IA, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NY, RI, VT, and WA) plus Washington D.C. have complete marriage equality for same sex couples. NJ hangs in the balance as, in 2012, their legislature passed a freedom to marry bill that was subsequently vetoed by the governor. Work is underway to either override the veto or have it overturned in court.

Six states offer protections for same sex couples that are short of marriage. Civil Unions are allowed in CO, HI, IL and NJ and broad domestic partnerships are permitted in OR and NV. WI has a more limited domestic partnership. There are no bans or protections in the state of NM and there are many counties in the state that have been issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Other states in the union either have Constitutional Amendments or anti-marriage laws on the books that make same sex marriage illegal.

If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that American dream.  -Michelle Obama

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There is a great movement in this country for marriage equality. It has been termed the “civil rights issue” of our age. I am confident that all same sex couples will have the freedom to marry in every state in the U.S. inside the next 10 years, maybe much sooner, but there is still much work to be done. Currently, public support for marriage equality is fast approaching 60%.

  • On 27 September 2013, Public Religion Research Institute surveyed 1,563 Hispanic Americans from a representative sample of U.S. adults regarding same-gender civil marriage, and reported that 55% favor it, 43% do not, with 2% unaccounted for. Also, regarding candidate preferences, likely Hispanic voters prefer Democrats 58%, Republicans 28%, and others 12%, with 2% unaccounted for. • Survey Details 
  • On 4 October 2013, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,776 American adults on same-gender civil marriage, and reported that among registered voters, 57% support it, 36% do not, and 6% do not know or give no answer. Among Roman Catholics (where no clergy support same-gender civil marriage at all), 60% of churchgoers support it, 31% don’t, and 9% do not know or give no answer. • Survey Details

More states can be turned in the next several years through popular vote at the ballot, through the legislature and in court. A few of the States on the radar for becoming the next to pass marriage equality reform include New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois and Oregon. Also expect to see a lot of work and progress in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

If you are interested in getting involved, please check out the links at the bottom of the page for important organizations such as Freedom to Marry and Marriage Equality USA.

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