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This slideshow has each state's indivdual law(s) on gay marriage rights

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State by State Breakdown

State Breakdown of Gay Marriage RightsBy: Amanda Couch, Ellie Houser, and Amy Schmitt

To help you understandThe Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and provides that states need not recognize a marriage from another state if it is between persons of the same sex.37 states have their own Defense of Marriage Acts2 more states have strong language that defines marriage as one man and one woman. There are 30 states that have constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage

Alabama

The Alabama Marriage Protection ActMarriage between people of the same sex is invalidThe State of Alabama will not recognize as valid and marriage parties of the same sex, regardless of whether a marriage license was issued

AlaskaOfficial registry for same sex couplesDOMA enacted into state lawConstitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

ArizonaDOMA banning same-sex marriage

ArkansasLaw banning same-sex marriagesConstitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

CaliforniaOfficial registry for same-sex couples and law banning same-sex marriageOn 5/15/08 California Supreme Court allowed right to marry equally to gay and straight couples. But 6 months later, Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in November 2008

ColoradoDOMA bans same-sex marriage

ConnecticutSame-sex marriages became legal in November 2008

DelawareDOMA banning same-sex marriage

District of ColumbiaOfficial registry for same-sex couplesRecognizes gay marriages performed in other states

FloridaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

GeorgiaDOMA banning same-sex marriagesPassed constitutional amendment banning same- sex marriage in November 2004

HawaiiConstitutional law banning same-sex marriagesHas domestic partnership laws that provide certain legal rights to gay relationships

IdahoDOMA banning same-sex marriages

IllinoisDOMA banning same-sex marriages

IndianaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

IowaSame-sex marriages allowed, effective on April 24, 2009

KansasDOMA banning same-sex marriages

KentuckyDOMA banning same-sex marriagesPassed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in November 2004

LouisianaState law (DOMA) banning same-sex marriagesAlso have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages

MaineDOMA banning same-sex marriagesOffers some legal protection to couples registered as domestic partners

MarylandHas 33-year-old state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman

MassachusettsCourt ruling that strikes down any ban on same-sex marriages

MichiganDOMA banning same-sex marriagesPassed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004

MinnesotaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

MississippiDOMA banning same-sex marriagesPassed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004

MissouriDOMA banning same-sex marriagesPassed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004

MontanaDOMA banning same-sex marriagesPassed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman

NebraskaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

NevadaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

New HampshireLaw banning same-sex marriagesEffective January 1,2008 same-sex civil unions were allowed in New Hampshire

New JerseyNo laws banning same-sex marriagesSame- sex civil unions allowed

New MexicoDoes not have law banning same-sex marriages

New YorkDoes not have a law banning same-sex marriages

North CarolinaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

North DakotaDOMA banning same-sex marriagesIn November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages

OhioDOMA banning same-sex marriagesIn November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages

OklahomaDOMA banning same-sex marriagesIn November 2004 passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages

OregonIn November 2004, passed Measure 36 defining marriage between one man and one womanOn January 1, 2008 Oregon residents could register for domestic partnerships and receive all rights, benefits, privileges and immunities that are given to married couples in Oregon

PennsylvaniaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

Rhode IslandDoes not have a law banning same-sex marriages

South CarolinaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

South DakotaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

TennesseeDOMA banning same-sex marriages

TexasDOMA banning same-sex marriages

UtahDOMA banning same-sex marriagesPassed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in November 2004

VermontLaw that legalizes and recognizes same-sex civil unionsEffective September 1, 2009, same-sex marriages legal in Vermont

VirginiaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

WashingtonDOMA banning same-sex marriagesDoes give gay couples some rights normally given to married heterosexual couples

West VirginiaDOMA banning same-sex marriages

WisconsinLaw banning same-sex marriage

WyomingLaw banning same-sex marriages