a map of marriage

State recognizes same-sex marriage.
State constitution bans same-sex marriage and other same-sex unions.
Same-sex marriage is not legal, but same-sex unions are recognized and grant legal benefits similar to those of opposite-sex marriage.
State constitution bans same-sex marriage. State does not recognize same-sex unions.
Same-sex marriage is not legal. Domestic partnerships grant limited rights to same-sex couples.
State statutes ban same-sex marriage. State does not recognize same-sex unions.

17 states recognize same-sex marriage + the District of Columbia

38.3% of the U.S. population live in those states

4 states recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships

43.9% of the U.S. population live in the above 21 states

33 states still have work to do

About this website

This site tracks the current status of same-sex marriage laws in each of our fifty states. I aimed to present an interactive and engaging way to compare the laws enacted in each state and raise further awareness of this vital issue that is dividing our country and our people. I'll keep the information updated as laws improve, but please let me know if I missed anything. Reading some of these laws can be upsetting, but I hope you share my confidence that the states on the map above will one day be united in purple.

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Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Population

A project by Cooper Labinger