State-by-state look at same sex marriage laws

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court at sun up in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Justices are expected to hand down major rulings on two gay marriage cases that could impact same-sex couples across the country. One is a challenge to California's voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage. The other is a challenge to a provision of federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and pension benefits.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court at sun up in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Justices are expected to hand down major rulings on two gay marriage cases that could impact same-sex couples across the country. One is a challenge to California's voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage. The other is a challenge to a provision of federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and pension benefits. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A look at each state’s laws for same sex marriages. This information comes from Marriage Equality USA. To learn more about each state’s laws, visit their site HERE.

  • Alabama:
    • No marriage equality
  • Alaska:
    • No marriage equality
  • Arizona:
    •  No marriage equality
  • Arkansas:
    • No marriage equality
  • California:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 6/28/13.
    • Same-gender marriages recognized by the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel tribe in California as of 2013.
  • Colorado:
    • No marriage equality
    • Civil Unions available for same-sex couples as of 3/21/13.
  • Connecticut:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 11/12/08.
  • Delaware:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 7/1/13.
  • District of Columbia:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the District level as of 12/18/09.
  • Florida:
    • No marriage equality
  • Georgia:
    • No marriage equality
  • Hawaii:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 11/13/13.
  • Idaho:
    • No marriage equality
  • Illinois:
    • Civil same-sex marriage was legalized by the Illinois legislature on 11/5/13 and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on 11/20/13. The state is currently issuing marriage licenses to couples where one partner is terminally ill.
    • On 2/21/14 U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled that same-sex couples in Cook County (includes Chicago) can marry now, beginning immediately. Marriage licenses will be available to all other same-sex couples on 6/21/14.
  • Indiana:
    • No marriage equality
  • Iowa:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 4/3/09.
  • Kansas:
    • No marriage equality
  • Kentucky:
    • On 2/12/14 U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that Kentucky’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is pending appeal.
  • Louisiana:
    • No marriage equality
  • Maine:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 12/29/12.
  • Maryland:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 1/1/13.
  • Massachusetts:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 4/17/04.
  • Michigan:
    • On 3/21/14 U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Michigan’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is pending appeal.
  • Minnesota:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 6/14/13.
    • Marriages began 8/1/13.
    • Same-gender marriages recognized by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota as of 2013.
  • Mississippi:
    • No marriage equality
  • Missouri:
    • No marriage equality
  • Montana:
    • No marriage equality
  • Nebraska:
    • No marriage equality
  • Nevada:
    • No marriage equality.
    • Registered Domestic Partnerships are available for same-sex couples.
  • New Hampshire:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 1/1/10.
  • New Jersey:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 10/21/13.
  • New Mexico:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 12/19/13.
  • New York:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 7/24/11.
  • North Carolina:
    • No marriage equality
  • North Dakota:
    • No marriage equality
  • Ohio:
    • No marriage equality
  • Oklahoma:
    • On 1/14/14 U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is pending appeal.
    • Although the combined Cheyenne and Arapho Tribes of western Oklahoma never made a specific decision to recognize same-gender marriages, the tribal code states that any two people of Native American descent who live within the tribe’s jurisdiction can get a marriage license, irrespective of gender.
  • Oregon:
    • No marriage equality for non-Native people, though out-of-state same-sex marriages are recognized.
    • Registered Domestic Partnerships are available for same-sex couples.
    • Same-gender marriages are recognized by the Coquille Indian Tribe.
  • Pennsylvania:
    • No marriage equality
  • Rhode Island:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 5/2/13.
  • South Carolina:
    • No marriage equality
  • South Dakota:
    • No marriage equality
  • Tennessee:
    • No marriage equality
  • Texas:
    • On 2/26/14 U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas’ ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is pending appeal.
  • Utah:
    • On 12/20/13 U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is stayed pending appeal.
  • Vermont:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 9/1/09.
  • Virginia:
    • On 2/13/14 U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen ruled that Virginia’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. Her ruling is pending appeal.
  • Washington:
    • Civil same-sex marriage legal at the state level as of 12/6/12.
    • Same-gender marriages recognized by the Suquamish Tribe since 2011.
    • Same-gender marriages recognized by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation as of 9/5/13.
  • West Virginia:
    • No marriage equality
  • Wisconsin:
    • No marriage equality
    •  A Domestic Partnership Registry is available to same-sex couples.
    • On 10/23/13 the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments challenging the constitutionality of the state’s domestic partnership registry. The Court’s decision is expected by summer 2014.
    • Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of the state’s domestic partnership registry.
  • Wyoming:
    • No marriage equality

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