There is much confusion about which states have what types of same-sex relationship laws. We’ve compiled the list below to make it a bit easier to understand. We will continue to update the list as the laws change.
If you have questions about the laws or the impact that they may have on you or your partner, please contact us or post a comment below. We really appreciate your feedback!
Allow marriage (listed by date of recognition, notwithstanding stays and/or appeals):
- New York (learn more)
- New Hampshire (learn more)
- Vermont (learn more here and here)
- Connecticut (learn more)
- Iowa (learn more)
- Massachusetts (learn more)
- Maryland (learn more)
- Maine (learn more)
- Washington (learn more)
- Washington DC (learn more)
- Delaware (learn more)
- Rhode Island (learn more)
- Minnesota (learn more)
- California (learn more)
- New Jersey (learn more)
- Hawaii (learn more and more)
- Illinois (learn more)
- Utah (learn more)
- New Mexico (learn more)
- Virginia (learn more)
- Texas (enforcement stayed pending appeal – learn more and more)
- Arkansas (as of May 16, 2014, there is a stay on same-sex marriages pending appeal)
- Idaho (enforcement stayed pending appeal – learn more)
- Pennsylvania (learn more)
- Oregon (learn more)
- Colorado (enforcement stayed pending appeal – learn more)
- Florida (learn more)
- Nevada (learn more)
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Ruling that trial courts have the ability to hear divorce procedings terminating same-sex marriages created in other jurisdictions:
1. Kentucky (learn more)
2. Tennessee (enforcement stayed pending appeal –learn more and more)
3. Ohio (learn more)
When Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC started the Nontraditional Couples and Families Practice in 2001, I would speak to groups about same-sex couples not having the ability to use any Federal laws regarding marital status . There were about 1,400 laws from the Federal government unavailable to married same-sex couples. Then it became about 1,100 laws that same sex couples were excluded from. Now I am happy to say that the Obama administration and the Justice Department will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriage sweeping equal protection under the law in every program it administers. In a new policy memo, the department will spell out the rights of married same-sex couples.
Some of the federal rights you now have are: the right to decline giving testimony that might incriminate your spouse, eligibility to jointly file bankruptcy, and 1,098 more! I will place the list on our blog, when it is out.
For more information, please follow the links to the two news articles below:
Maureen B. Cohon, Esquire – Chair, Nontraditional Couples and Families Group
The effects of the Supreme Court’s ruling last June striking down the core of DOMA, continue to ripple outward. The ruling on same-sex marriage is used to protect gay jurors.
See the full New York Times story by following the link below:
A ruling by Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court judge, Margarita López Torres, on Jan. 6, has exposed one of the new legal complexities facing same-sex couples with children.
To see the full New York Times story, following the link below:
The Scottish parliament on Tuesday voted to pass the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.