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This article summarizes the legal and political actions taken by the individual states of the United Statesmarker regarding same-sex marriage. The texts are following.

Alabama

Texts :

ALABAMA CONSTITUTION - Amendment 774. Sanctity of Marriage Amendment (=Ref.1, cited as the approves of Marriage Amendment)

& ALABAMA CODE - Title 30. Marital and domestic relations - Chapter 1. Marriage.
§ 30-1-19. Marriage, recognition thereof, between persons of the same sex prohibited.(=Ref.2, cited as the "Alabama Marriage Protection Act")
  • Ref.1 (b) & Ref.2 (b)
Marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman. As a matter of public policy, this state has a special interest in encouraging, supporting, and protecting the unique relationship in order to promote, among other goals, the stability and welfare of society and its children. A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state.
  • Ref.1 (c) & Ref.2 (c)
Marriage is a sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman, which, when the legal capacity and consent of both parties is present, establishes their relationship as husband and wife, and which is recognized by the state as a civil contract.
  • Ref.1 (d) & Ref.2 (d)
No marriage license shall be issued in the State of Alabama to parties of the same sex.
  • Ref.1 (e) & Ref.2 (e)
The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any marriage of parties of the same sex that occurred or was alleged to have occurred as a result of the law of any jurisdiction regardless of whether a marriage license was issued.
  • Ref.1 (f)
The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any common law marriage of parties of the same sex.
  • Ref.1 (g)
A union replicating marriage of or between persons of the same sex in the State of Alabama or in any other jurisdiction shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state as a marriage or other union replicating marriage.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Alaska

February 27, 1998: Alaska Superior Court judge Peter Michalski ruled in favor of plaintiffs Jay Brause and Gene Dugan, saying that choosing a marital partner is a fundamental right that cannot be denied by the state without a compelling reason.

November 3, 1998: The state's voters amended the constitution to require that all marriages be between a man and a woman.

Texts : To be valid or recognized in this State, a marriage may exist only between one man and one woman.

  • ALASKA STATUTES - Section 25. Marital and domestic relations - Chapter 25.05. Alaska marriage code
Section 25.05.013. Same-sex marriage :

(a) A marriage entered into by persons of the same sex, either under common law or under statute, that is recognized by another state or foreign jurisdiction is void in this state, and contractual rights granted by virtue of the marriage, including its termination, are unenforceable in this state.

(b) A same-sex relationship may not be recognized by the state as being entitled to the benefits of marriage.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Arizona

1975: Two men from Phoenix, Arizonamarker, were granted a marriage license by a county clerk on January 7. The Arizona Supreme Courtmarker, citing the Bible, voided and revoked the marriage license. The state legislature passed a bill specifically defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

September 2006: The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that a proposition that would amend the state constitution, to define marriage as between a man and a woman, would be allowed on the ballot.

November 2006: Well past midnight on election night, the marriage amendment was flipping between a narrow margin for or against. The final outcome of 51% (including absentee ballots) opposing the amendment made Arizona the first state where voters defeated a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Conservative groups have said that, considering the relatively small margin by which it failed, the result was more likely due to confusing ballot language than an indication of changing public opinion. An already-existing statutory ban on same-sex marriage was unaffected and remained current state law.

In the 2008 general election, a proposed amendment was approved, amending Arizona's Constitution to explicitly deny recognition of same-sex marriage.

Texts : 1. Marriage

Section 1. Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.

§ 25-101 Void and prohibited marriages

... C. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void and prohibited.

§ 25-112. Marriages contracted in another state; validity and effect

A. Marriage valid by laws of the place where contracted are valid in this state, except marriages that are void and prohibited by section 25-101.

B. Marriages solemnized in another state or country by parties intending at the time to reside in this state shall have the same legal consequences and effect as if solemnized in this state, except marriages that are void and prohibited by section 25-101.

C. Parties residing in this state may not evade the laws of this state relating to marriage by going to another state or country for solemnization of the marriage.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Arkansas

Texts : Section 1. Marriage. Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman.

Section 2. Marital status. Legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman.

Section 3. Capacity, rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities. The legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.

  • Arkansas Code Annotated - Title 9. Family law - subtitle 2. Domestic relations - chapter 11. Marriage
    • Subchapter 1. General Provisions.
Section 9-11-107. Same sex marriage void

Marriage shall be only between a man and a woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void.

Section 9-11-109. Validity of foreign marriages

(a) All marriages contracted outside this state which would be valid by the laws of the state or country in which the marriages were consummated and in which the parties then actually resided shall be valid in all the courts in this state.

(b) This section shall not apply to a marriage between persons of the same sex.

    • Subchapter 2. License and Ceremony.
Section 9-11-208. License not issued to persons under age or to persons of the same sex.

(a) No license shall be issued to persons to marry unless and until the female shall attain the age of sixteen (16) years and the male the age of seventeen (17) years and then only by written consent by a parent or guardian until the male shall have attained the age of eighteen (18) years and the female the age of eighteen (18) years.

(b) It shall be the declared public policy of the State of Arkansas to recognize the marital union only of man and woman. No license shall be issued to persons to marry another person of the same sex and no same-sex marriage shall be recognized as entitled to the benefits of marriage.

(c) Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state. Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex, where a marriage license is issued by another state or by a foreign jurisdiction, shall be void in Arkansas and any contractual or other rights granted by virtue of that license, including its termination, shall be unenforceable in the Arkansas courts.

(d) However, nothing in this section shall prevent an employer from extending benefits to persons who are domestic partners of employees.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

California

On May 15, 2008, the Supreme Court of California overturned the ban on same-sex marriage, making California the second state, behind Massachusetts, to allow full marriage rights for same-sex partners.Citing its own 1948 decision that reversed the interracial-marriage ban, the California Supreme Court (in a 4-3 ruling, penned by Chief Justice Ronald George) struck down California's 1977 one-man, one-woman marriage law and a similar voter-approved 2000 law (passed with 61%). The 2006 census indicated that California had an estimated 108,734 same-sex households.

The California Office of Vital Records announced on May 28, 2008, that it planned to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 17, 2008. The Office of Vital Records chose the date of June 17 so it would be prepared if the supreme court's May 15 decision was not stayed.

Same-sex marriage opponents gathered sufficient signatures to place a constitutional amendment, Proposition 8, on the November 2008 ballot, to define marriage as being between a man and woman. The proposition passed.

The California Supreme Courtmarker upheld Proposition 8 on May 26, 2009, but ruled that the 18,000 same-sex marriages already performed remain valid.

Texts :

California Constitution - Article I. Declaration of rights.

Section 7.5. - Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

Colorado

  • 2009: Since midnight July 1, 2009 unmarried couples are able to enter a designated beneficiary agreement which will grant them limited rights, including making funeral arrangements for each other, receiving death benefits, and inheriting property without a will.
  • On November 7, 2006, Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman only and defeated a referendum to allow same-sex couples to register domestic partnerships.
  • 1975: Clela Rorex, county clerk of Boulder County, Coloradomarker, allowed six same-sex couples to wed after receiving an advisory opinion from the district attorney's office indicating that the state's laws did not explicitly prohibit it. A law was quickly pushed through to prohibit gay marriages.


Texts : Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, a marriage is valid in this state if:

(a) It is licensed, solemnized, and registered as provided in this part 1; and

(b) It is only between one man and one woman.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 14-2-112, any marriage contracted within or outside this state that does not satisfy paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section shall not be recognized as valid in this state.

No marriage license or recognition of same-sex marriage. However certain/few rights are granted to domestic partners through a designated beneficiary agreement since 1 July, 2009.

Connecticut

On October 10, 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Courtmarker issued a 4-3 ruling, which took effect on November 12, that denial of same-sex marriage is a violation of the Connecticut state constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection. Six months later, the Connecticut legislature passed a law to make Connecticut's marriage laws gender neutral, affirming the court's ruling.

Texts: A marriage between two persons entered into in this state and recognized as valid in this state may be recognized as a marriage, or a relationship that provides substantially the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as a marriage, in another state or jurisdiction if one or both persons travel to or reside in such other state or jurisdiction.

Other relationships recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples as: Marriage

Other relationship recognition for same-sex couples : Civil unions in Connecticut (expires on the 1 October, 2010)

Delaware

Texts : (a) A marriage is prohibited and void between a person and his or her ancestor, descendant, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, first cousin 'or between persons of the same gender.
(d) A marriage obtained or recognized outside the state between persons prohibited by subsection (a) of this section shall not constitute a legal or valid marriage within the state.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

District of Columbia

  • Unresolved. The debate over same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C.marker is complicated by the fact that the United States Congress has ultimate authority over laws passed by the Council of the District of Columbia. The Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008, passed unanimously by the D.C. Council, provides the highest degree of legal protections akin to marriage for same-sex couples.


No marriage license or explicit prohibition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples, however since 6 July, 2009 DC does recognise same-sex marriages that were performed in a state or country were they are legal.

Other relationship recognition for same-sex couples: Domestic partnership in the District of Columbia.

Florida

November 4, 2008: Florida voters approve a ballot measure that amends the state constitution to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples and ban civil unions. The amendment says, “Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”

Texts :

Section 27. Marriage defined. - Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.

Section 741.04. Marriage license issued.

No county court judge or clerk of the circuit court in this state shall issue a license for the marriage of any person … unless one party is a male and the other party is a female.

Section 741.212. Marriages between persons of the same sex

(1) Marriages between persons of the same sex entered into in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the State of Florida, the United States, or any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location, or relationships between persons of the same sex which are treated as marriages in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the State of Florida, the United States, or any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location, are not recognized for any purpose in this state.

(2) The state, its agencies, and its political subdivisions may not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any state, territory, possession, or tribe of the United States or of any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location respecting either a marriage or relationship not recognized under subsection (1) or a claim arising from such a marriage or relationship.

(3) For purposes of interpreting any state statute or rule, the term "marriage" means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the term "spouse" applies only to a member of such a union.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Georgia

July 6, 2006: Upheld: The state Supreme Court reversed a lower court's ruling, deciding unanimously that the measure did not violate Georgiamarker's single-subject rule for ballot measures. The issue had been approved by 76 percent of voters in 2004.

Texts : Paragraph I. Recognition of marriage.

(a) This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.

(b) No union between persons of the same sex shall be recognized by this state as entitled to the benefits of marriage. This state shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction. The courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to any such relationship or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties' respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such relationship.

  • Georgia Code Annotated - Title 19. Domestic Relations - Chapter 3. Marriage generally - Article 1. General Provisions
Section 19-3-3.1 Same sex marriages prohibited

(a) It is declared to be the public policy of this state to recognize the union only of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.

(b) No marriage between persons of the same sex shall be recognized as entitled to the benefits of marriage. Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex pursuant to a marriage license issued by another state or foreign jurisdiction or otherwise shall be void in this state. Any contractual rights granted by virtue of such license shall be unenforceable in the courts of this state and the courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction whatsoever under any circumstances to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to such marriage or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties' respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such marriage.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Hawaii

1996: The Hawaii State Supreme Courtmarker rules that prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying may violate Hawaii's constitutional equal protection clause and can only be upheld if prohibition is justified by a compelling reason (Baehr v. Miike, 80 Hawai`i 341).

1998: Hawaii's voters amend their Constitution to allow state legislature to restrict marriage to men and women only.

In 2007 and in 2009: An attempt made to introduce civil unions in Hawaii's legislation stops in Committee.

Texts : The legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.

In order to make valid the marriage contract, which shall be only between a man and a woman, it shall be necessary that: (1) to (7)... conditions
  • Hawaii Statutes section 572-1.6. Private solemnization not unlawful.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to render unlawful, or otherwise affirmatively punishable at law, the solemnization of same-sex relationships by religious organizations; provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to confer any of the benefits, burdens, or obligations of marriage under the laws of Hawaii.
  • Hawaii Statutes section 572-3. Contracted without the State.
Marriages between a man and a woman legal in the country where contracted shall be held legal in the courts of this State.



Idaho

November 7, 2006: Idaho voters approved a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage. (Idaho Amendment 2 )

Text : A marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state

  • IDAHO CODE - Title 32. Domestic relations - Chapter 2. Marriage; nature and validity of marriage contract
§ 32-209. Recognition of foreign or out-of-state marriages

All marriages contracted without this state, which would be valid by the laws of the state or country in which the same were contracted, are valid in this state, unless they violate the public policy of this state. Marriages that violate the public policy of this state include, but are not limited to, same-sex marriages, and marriages entered into under the laws of another state or country with the intent to evade the prohibitions of the marriage laws of this state.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Illinois

In 2007, 2008 and 2009 state representative Greg Harris introduced the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act to the Illinoismarker State House of Representatives, in order to implement same-sex marriages in the legislation, the bill has not moved. Also in 2009, The Equal Marriage Act, Bill 2468, was introduced in the Senate by Senator Heather Steans (D)-Chicagomarker. This is the first time a same-sex marriage bill has been introduced to Illinois Senate. The bill would provide eligible same-sex and opposite-sex couples with the same treatment as those in a civil marriage. Senate Bill 2468 states that the current state laws relating to marriage discriminate against same sex couples. It changes the statute by saying "that a marriage is between 2 persons (rather than, a man and a woman)." The bill has not moved.

Texts : Illinois Compiled Statutes
  • 750 ILCS 5/201. Formalities.
A marriage between a man and a woman licensed, solemnized and registered as provided in this Act is valid in this State.
  • 750 ILCS 5/212. Prohibited Marriages.
(a) The following marriages are prohibited:... ... (5) a marriage between 2 individuals of the same sex.
  • 750 ILCS 5/213.1 Same‑sex marriages; public policy.
A marriage between 2 individuals of the same sex is contrary to the public policy of this State.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Indiana

Texts :
  • Indiana Code - Title 31. Family law and juvenile law - Article 11. Family law : Marriage - Chapter 1. Who may marry
Section 31-11-1-1. Same sex marriages prohibited

(a) Only a female may marry a male. Only a male may marry a female.

(b) A marriage between persons of the same gender is void in Indiana even if the marriage is lawful in the place where it is solemnized.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Iowa

Texts :
  • IOWA CODE - TITLE XV. Judicial Branch and judicial procedures - SUBTITLE 1. Domestic relations
CHAPTER 595 Marriage 595.2. Gender - Age : 1. Only a marriage between a male and a female is valid.

This law was ruled to be unconstitutional by Polk Countymarker judge Robert Hanson on August 30, 2007.On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously upheld Hanson's ruling and nullified the statute prohibiting same-sex marriage. Licenses became available on April 27.

Tim McQuillan and Sean Fritz, Iowa State Universitymarker students, were married by the Rev. Mark Stringer of First Unitarian Church in Des Moines at 10:32 a.m. on August 31, 2007, becoming the first same-sex couple to be married in Iowa. Shortly thereafter Hanson issued a stay of his own ruling pending appeal. About 20 other same-sex couples had obtained licenses before the stay was issued.

Kansas

Texts : (a) The marriage contract is to be considered in law as a civil contract. Marriage shall be constituted by one man and one woman only. All other marriages are declared to be contrary to the public policy of this state and are void.

(b) No relationship, other than a marriage, shall be recognized by the state as entitling the parties to the rights or incidents of marriage.

(a) The marriage contract is to be considered in law as a civil contract between two parties who are of opposite sex . All other marriages are declared to be contrary to the public policy of this state and are void. The consent of the parties is essential. The marriage ceremony may be regarded either as a civil ceremony or as a religious sacrament, but the marriage relation shall only be entered into, maintained or abrogated as provided by law.

  • Kansas Statute Section 23-115. Validity of marriages contracted without state.
All marriages contracted without this state, which would be valid by the laws of the country in which the same were contracted, shall be valid in all courts and places in this state. It is the strong public policy of this state only to recognize as valid marriages from other states that are between a man and a woman.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Kentucky

In 1970 two women by the name of Marjorie Jones & Tracy Knight are denied a marriage license by the county clerk who refused upon seeking advice from the district attorney. November 9, 1973, the Kentucky Court of Appeals (at the time the states highest court of appeals) unanimously rules that members of the same sex do not have a right to marry, even though the law of Kentucky at the time did not specifically define it as between a man and a woman, the court found that the definition of marriage had never included members of the same sex, noting that churches kept records before the state issued any marriage licenses. Citing Reynolds v. United States the court declared 'The claim of religious freedom cannot be extended to make the professed doctrines superior to the law of the land and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself...We do not consider the refusal to issue the license a punishment"

Texts : Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

Section 402.005 Definition of marriage.

As used and recognized in the law of the Commonwealth, "marriage" refers only to the civil status, condition, or relation of one (1) man and one (1) woman united in law for life, for the discharge to each other and the community of the duties legally incumbent upon those whose association is founded on the distinction of sex.

Section 402.020 Other prohibited marriages.

(1) Marriage is prohibited and void: (d) Between members of the same sex;

Section 402.040 Marriage in another state

(1) If any resident of this state marries in another state, the marriage shall be valid here if valid in the state where solemnized, unless the marriage is against Kentucky public policy.

(2) A marriage between members of the same sex is against Kentucky public policy and shall be subject to the prohibitions established in KRS 402.045.

Section 402.045 Same-sex marriage in another jurisdiction void and unenforceable.

(1) A marriage between members of the same sex which occurs in another jurisdiction shall be void in Kentucky.

(2) Any rights granted by virtue of the marriage, or its termination, shall be unenforceable in Kentucky courts.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Louisiana

September 18, 2004: Louisiana voters ratified a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. The amendment passed with an overwhelming majority, 78 percent in favor to 22 percent opposed, but allegations of botched elections procedures taint the validity of the outcome.

October 2004: District Judge William Morvant of Baton Rouge struck down the amendment on the grounds that it violated a provision of the state constitution requiring that an amendment cover only one subject; the amendment prevented the state from recognizing any legal status for common-law relationships, domestic partnerships and civil unions between both gay and heterosexual couples.

January 19, 2005: The Louisiana Supreme Court reinstated the anti-gay marriage amendment to the state constitution.

April 21, 2009: A same-sex couple files a federal lawsuit against state and local officials after being denied a marriage license in New Orleansmarker.

Texts : Marriage in the state of Louisiana shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman. No official or court of the state of Louisiana shall construe this constitution or any state law to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any member of a union other than the union of one man and one woman. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. No official or court of the state of Louisiana shall recognize any marriage contracted in any other jurisdiction which is not the union of one man and one woman. Article 89. Impediment of same sex

Persons of the same sex may not contract marriage with each other. A purported marriage between persons of the same sex contracted in another state shall be governed by the provisions of Title II of Book IV of the Civil Code.

Article 96. Civil effects of absolutely null marriage; putative marriage

§4. A purported marriage between parties of the same sex does not produce any civil effects.

Article 3520. Marriage (Title II of Book IV of the Civil Code)

A. A marriage that is valid in the state where contracted, or in the state where the parties were first domiciled as husband and wife, shall be treated as a valid marriage unless to do so would violate a strong public policy of the state whose law is applicable to the particular issue under Article 3519.

B. A purported marriage between persons of the same sex violates a strong public policy of the state of Louisiana and such a marriage contracted in another state shall not be recognized in this state for any purpose, including the assertion of any right or claim as a result of the purported marriage.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Maine

Texts :

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:Sec. 1. 19-A MRSA §650, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 65, §2, is repealed.

Sec. 2. 19-A MRSA §650-A is enacted to read:

§ 650-A. Codification of marriage

Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people. Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships, including, but not limited to, "spouse," "family," "marriage," "immediate family," "dependent," "next of kin," "bride," "groom," "husband," "wife," "widow" and "widower," must be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law, whether in the context of statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law.

Sec. 3. 19-A MRSA §650-B is enacted to read:

§ 650-B. Recognition of marriage licensed and certified in another jurisdiction

A marriage of a same-sex couple that is validly licensed and certified in another jurisdiction is recognized for all purposes under the laws of this State.

Sec. 4. 19-A MRSA §651, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1997, c. 537, §12 and affected by §62, is further amended to read:

2. Application. The parties wishing to record notice of their intentions of marriage shall submit an application for recording notice of their intentions of marriage. The application may be issued to any 2 persons otherwise qualified under this chapter regardless of the sex of each person. The application must include a signed certification that the information recorded on the application is correct and that the applicant is free to marry according to the laws of this State. The applicant's signature must be acknowledged before an official authorized to take oaths. Applications recording notice of intentions to marry must be open for public inspection in the office of the clerk. When the application is submitted, the applicant shall provide the clerk with the social security numbers of the parties. The application must include a statement that the social security numbers of the parties have been provided to the clerk. The clerk shall record the social security numbers provided by each applicant. The record of the social security numbers is confidential and is not open for public inspection.Sec. 5. 19-A MRSA §655, sub-§3 is enacted to read:

3. Affirmation of religious freedom. This Part does not authorize any court or other state or local governmental body, entity, agency or commission to compel, prevent or interfere in any way with any religious institution's religious doctrine, policy, teaching or solemnization of marriage within that particular religious faith's tradition as guaranteed by the Maine Constitution, Article 1, Section 3 or the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. A person authorized to join persons in marriage and who fails or refuses to join persons in marriage is not subject to any fine or other penalty for such failure or refusal.

On May 6, 2009, after the Senate gave a final vote on enactment, Governor John Baldacci signed the bill into law. Baldacci became the first governor in the nation to sign a same-sex marriage bill that was not the result of a court decision. Maine became the fifth state in the United States to authorize same-sex marriage. The law shall take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, which would probably put date of effect around September 14, 2009, unless the law is suspended pending a people's veto referendum.

On May 7, 2009, opponents of the law submitted the required paperwork necessary to launch a people's veto campaign, which would put the issue on a statewide ballot in November 2009 or June 2010. To succeed in putting the question on the ballot, they will have to get at least 55,087 valid signatures within 90 days after the adjournment of the Legislature, which is expected to occur in mid-June. The law would then be put on hold until after the statewide vote. The proponents of the people's veto sought to submit signatures earlier, by the first week of August, in order for there to be enough time to hold the veto referendum in November 2009.

On November 3, 2009, the issue was put on a statewide ballot. The following day, it was made official that opponents of gay marriage successfully vetoed the gay marriage legislation.

DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP laws



Other relationship recognition for same-sex couples : Domestic partnership in Maine.

Other relationships recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples as : Domestic partnership in Maine? Not explicit

Maryland

Texts : § 2-201. Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in this State.

No marriage license or recognition. However certain/few rights are granted to domestic partners through unregistered cohabitation since 1 July, 2008.

Massachusetts

November 18, 2003: In Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Courtmarker gave the Massachusetts Legislature 180 days in which to take such action as it may deem appropriate.
May 17, 2004: No action having been taken, Massachusetts began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

No explicit texts, just the Supreme Court ruling.

Marriage licenses & no explicit prohibition on recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

No other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples

Michigan

Texts : To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose. 551.1 Marriage between individuals of same sex as invalid contract.

Marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman. As a matter of public policy, this state has a special interest in encouraging, supporting, and protecting that unique relationship in order to promote, among other goals, the stability and welfare of society and its children. A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state.

551.271 Marriages solemnized in another state validated.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this act, a marriage contracted between a man and a woman who are residents of this state and who were, at the time of the marriage, legally competent to contract marriage according to the laws of this state, which marriage is solemnized in another state within the United States by a clergyman, magistrate, or other person legally authorized to solemnize marriages within that state, is a valid and binding marriage under the laws of this state to the same effect and extent as if solemnized within this state and according to its laws.'

(2) This section does not apply to a marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex, which marriage is invalid in this state under section 1 of chapter 83 of the revised statutes of 1846, being section 551.1 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Minnesota

1971: The Minnesota Supreme Courtmarker rules against the contention of plaintiffs Jack Baker and Mike McConnell that absence of a specific prohibition on same-sex marriage signified a legislative intent to recognize them. The court found that "The institution of marriage as a union of man and woman, uniquely involving the procreation and rearing of children within a family, is as old as the Book of Genesis". This decision was appealed to the United States Supreme Court (see Baker v. Nelson), but was dismissed for failure to present a federal question. Such a dismissal constitutes a holding that the claimed Federal right--a Constitutional mandate to treat same-sex and opposite-sex couples identically--does not exist.

Texts : Chapter 517. Domestic Relations - 517.03. Prohibited marriages.

Subdivision 1. General.

(a) The following marriages are prohibited: ... (4) a marriage between persons of the same sex.

(b) A marriage entered into by persons of the same sex, either under common law or statute, that is recognized by another state or foreign jurisdiction is void in this state and contractual rights granted by virtue of the marriage or its termination are unenforceable in this state.

Chapter 518. Marriage Dissolution - 518.01. Void marriages

All marriages which are prohibited by section 517.03 shall be absolutely void, without any decree of dissolution or other legal proceedings; (except if a person whose husband or wife has been absent for four successive years, without being known to the person to be living during that time, marries during the lifetime of the absent husband or wife, the marriage shall be void only from the time that its nullity is duly adjudged. If the absentee is declared dead in accordance with section 576.142, the subsequent marriage shall not be void.)

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Mississippi

Texts : Marriage may take place and may be valid under the laws of this State only between a man and a woman. A marriage in another State or foreign jurisdiction between persons of the same gender, regardless of when the marriage took place, may not be recognized in this State and is void and unenforceable under the laws of this State.

(2) Any marriage between persons of the same gender is prohibited and null and void from the beginning. Any marriage between persons of the same gender that is valid in another jurisdiction does not constitute a legal or valid marriage in Mississippi.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Missouri

Texts :

Section 33.Marriage, validity and recognition.

That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman. section 451.022. Public policy, same sex marriages prohibited--license may not be issued.

1. It is the public policy of this state to recognize marriage only between a man and a woman.

2. Any purported marriage not between a man and a woman is invalid.

3. No recorder shall issue a marriage license, except to a man and a woman.

4. A marriage between persons of the same sex will not be recognized for any purpose in this state even when valid where contracted.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Montana

November 2, 2004: An amendment is put on the ballot to ban same-sex marriage. 67% of voters supported it. Cfr Montana Initiative 96

Texts : Section 7. Marriage Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.

Section 40-1-103. General Provisions --- Formalities.

Marriage is a personal relationship between a man and a woman arising out of a civil contract to which the consent of the parties is essential. A marriage licensed, solemnized, and registered as provided in this chapter is valid in this state. A marriage may be contracted, maintained, invalidated, or dissolved only as provided by the law of this state.

Section 40-1-401. Prohibited marriages contracts.

(1) The following marriages are prohibited: ... (d) a marriage between persons of the same sex.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Nebraska

May 12, 2005: A federal judge in Omahamarker struck down Nebraskamarker's sweeping ban on same-sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and other same-sex relationships.

July 14, 2006: The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the ban.

Texts : Article I, Section 29. Marriage; same-sex relationships not valid or recognized.Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. The uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Nevada

Texts:

Section 21. Limitation on recognition of marriage.

Only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.

No marriage license and no marriage recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples - However domestic partnerships are legally available.

New Hampshire


Texts (will be repealed on 1 January, 2010):

Section 457:1. Marriages Prohibited; Men.

No man shall marry his mother, his father's sister, mother's sister, daughter, sister, son's daughter, daughter's daughter, brother's daughter, sister's daughter, father's brother's daughter, mother's brother's daughter, father's sister's daughter, mother's sister's daughter, or any other man.

Section 457:2. Marriages Prohibited; Women.

No woman shall marry her father, her father's brother, mother's brother, son, brother, son's son, daughter's son, brother's son, sister's son, father's brother's son, mother's brother's son, father's sister's son, mother's sister's son, or any other woman.

Section 457:3. Recognition of Out-of-State Marriages.

Every marriage legally contracted outside the state of New Hampshire, which would not be prohibited under RSA 457:1 or RSA 457:2 if contracted in New Hampshire, shall be recognized as valid in this state for all purposes if or once the contracting parties are or become permanent residents of this state subsequent to such marriage, and the issue of any such marriage shall be legitimate. Marriages legally contracted outside the state of New Hampshire which would be prohibited under RSA 457:1 or RSA 457:2 if contracted in New Hampshire shall not be legally recognized in this state. Any marriage of New Hampshire residents recognized as valid in the state prior to the effective date of this section shall continue to be recognized as valid on or after the effective date of this section.

Section 457:43 Residents.

If any person residing and intending to continue to reside in this state is prohibited from contracting marriage under the laws of this state and goes into another jurisdiction and there contracts a marriage prohibited and declared void by the laws of this state, such marriage shall be null and void for all purposes in this state, with the same effect as though such prohibited marriage had been entered into in this state. Section 457-A:8 Other Jurisdictions.

A civil union or a marriage between a man and another man or a woman and another woman legally contracted outside of New Hampshire shall be recognized as a civil union in this state, provided that the relationship does not violate the prohibitions of this chapter.

  • No marriage license.
  • Other relationship recognition for same-sex couples: Civil unions
    (expires on 1 January, 2010)
  • Marriage and other relationship recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples: Civil unions (expires on 1 January, 2010)


New Jersey

October 25, 2006: New Jerseymarker's Supreme Court held, "Denying committed same-sex couples the financial and social benefits and privileges given to their married heterosexual counterparts bears no substantial relationship to a legitimate governmental purpose. The Court holds that under the equal protection guarantee of Article I, Paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, committed same-sex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes. The name to be given to the statutory scheme that provides full rights and benefits to same-sex couples, whether marriage or some other term, is a matter left to the democratic process." The legislature was given 180 days to enact equal rights under the name of "marriage" or under some other equal scheme.

No explicit texts on same-sex marriages.

No marriage license

Other relationship recognition for same-sex couples : Civil unions in New Jersey

Marriage and other relationships recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples as : Civil unions in New Jersey

New Mexico

February 20, 2004: Victoria Dunlap, county clerk of Sandoval County, New Mexicomarker, announced that she would begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses because New Mexicomarker marriage law does not mention gender. The first same-sex marriages in Sandoval County were performed later the same day. By the end of the day, however, New Mexico state attorney general Patricia Madrid issued an opinion stating that the licenses were "invalid under state law", and the Sandoval County clerk's office stopped issuing them. In the interim, 66 such licenses had been issued, which were later nullified by court order.

New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has requested that the state legislature enact a civil union bill.

No explicit texts on same-sex marriages. Licences stopped.

All marriages celebrated beyond the limits of this state, which are valid according to the laws of the country wherein they were celebrated or contracted, shall be likewise valid in this state, and shall have the same force as if they had been celebrated in accordance with the laws in force in this state.

No marriage license, but no explicit prohibition on recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

No other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples

New York

In 2006, New York's Court of Appeals held that New York's marriage statutes do not allow same-sex marriage, and that there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Hernandez v. Robles, 7 N.Y.3d 338 (2006). During his 2006 gubernatorial campaign, Eliot Spitzer said that he would push to legalize same-sex marriage if elected. Governor Spitzer introduced a same-sex marriage bill in April 2007. The bill was passed in the New York State Assembly on June 19, 2007, but died in the New York State Senate and was returned to the Assembly. No further action has been taken on the bill.

North Carolina

Texts :

Section 51‑1. Requisites of marriage; solemnization.

A valid and sufficient marriage is created by the consent of a male and female person who may lawfully marry, presently to take each other as husband and wife, freely, seriously and plainly expressed by each in the presence of the other, either: ....

Section 51-1.2. Marriages between persons of the same gender not valid.

Marriages, whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

North Dakota

Texts : Art. XI - Section Section 28. Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.

Section 14-03-01. What constitutes marriage - Spouse defined. Marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between one man and one woman to which the consent of the parties is essential. The marriage relation may be entered into, maintained, annulled, or dissolved only as provided by law. A spouse refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.

Section 14-03-08. Foreign marriages recognized - Exception. Except when residents of this state contract a marriage in another state which is prohibited under the laws of this state, all marriages contracted outside this state, which are valid according to the laws of the state or country where contracted, are valid in this state. This section applies only to a marriage contracted in another state or country which is between one man and one woman as husband and wife.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Ohio

March 24, 2005: Two judges rule that Ohio's 25-year-old domestic violence law cannot be used against unmarried heterosexual couples because of Ohio's new constitutional definition of marriage.

December 12, 2005: The Twelfth District Ohio Court of Appeals overturns the lower court rulings.

Texts : Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage. § 3101.01. Persons who may be joined in marriage; minor to obtain consent; public policy of state concerning same-sex marriage and extension of certain benefits to nonmarital relationships.

(A) ... A marriage may only be entered into by one man and one woman. ...

(B) ...

(C) (1) Any marriage between persons of the same sex is against the strong public policy of this state. Any marriage between persons of the same sex shall have no legal force or effect in this state and, if attempted to be entered into in this state, is void ab initio and shall not be recognized by this state.

(2) Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex in any other jurisdiction shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state.

(3) The recognition or extension by the state of the specific statutory benefits of a legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is against the strong public policy of this state. Any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of this state, as defined in section 9.82 of the Revised Code, that extends the specific statutory benefits of legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is void ab initio. Nothing in division (C)(3) of this section shall be construed to do either of the following:

(a) Prohibit the extension of specific benefits otherwise enjoyed by all persons, married or unmarried, to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes, including the extension of benefits conferred by any statute that is not expressly limited to married persons, which includes but is not limited to benefits available under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(b) Affect the validity of private agreements that are otherwise valid under the laws of this state.

(4) Any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state, country, or other jurisdiction outside this state that extends the specific benefits of legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Oklahoma

May 13, 2004: A lesbian couple from Tulsamarker obtained a marriage application in the Cherokee tribal headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahomamarker. The Cherokee Nation issues marriage applications, rather than licenses. Couples obtaining a license have it signed by the individual performing the ceremony before returning to tribal court to have the application certified. Cherokee Principal Chief Chad "Corntassel" Smith stated that he believes that same-sex marriages are not allowed under Cherokee law, and the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council unanimously approved language that defined a union as between one man and one woman.

July 2005: The tribe's Judicial Appeals Tribunal upheld the couple's right to marry, confirming that if they should refile for certification, it would be granted. Although Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, Oklahoma does recognize all Cherokee marriages. It is unclear how Oklahoma would react if the Cherokee tribal courts decide that this marriage is valid.

Feb. 5, 2007: Senator Laughlin introduced SJR 21. This resolution would amend the state constitution to read, "Civil unions between persons of the same gender shall be prohibited in this state. Civil unions between persons of the same gender granted in another state shall not be recognized as valid and binding in this state."

Texts : A. Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman. Neither this Constitution nor any other provision of law shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.

B. A marriage between persons of the same gender performed in another state shall not be recognized as valid and binding in this state as of the date of the marriage.

C. Any person knowingly issuing a marriage license in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. '§43-3.1. Recognition of marriage between persons of same gender prohibited. A marriage between persons of the same gender performed in another state shall not be recognized as valid and binding in this state as of the date of the marriage. (Effective Jan. 1, 1997)

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Oregon

Texts : Section 5a. Policy regarding marriage. It is the policy of Oregon, and its subdivisions, that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or legally recognized as a marriage.

No marriage license or recognition.

Other relationship performed: Domestic partnerships since 4/2/2008

Other relationship recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples : ?

Pennsylvania

Texts : § 1704. Marriage between persons of the same sex.It is hereby declared to be the strong and longstanding public policy of this Commonwealth that marriage shall be between one man and one woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex which was entered into in another state or foreign jurisdiction, even if valid where entered into, shall be void in this Commonwealth.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

State Senator John Eichelberger plans to introduce a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

Puerto Rico

1998: The island territory of Puerto Rico ratified a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1998.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Rhode Island

History : Propositions in 2007 for both marriage and civil unions.

No explicit texts.

No marriage license.

Marriage recognition from Massachusetts, according to Attorney General.

However, State Supreme Court subsequently stated that the family court lacks jurisdiction to hear a divorce petition involving same sex couple who were married in Massachusetts. Chambers v. Ormiston, 935 A.2d 956 (R.I. 2007).

No other relationship performance or recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples

South Carolina

November 7, 2006: South Carolina voters approved a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage and civil unions by a margin of 78% to 22%.

Texts : A marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This State and its political subdivisions shall not create a legal status, right, or claim respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. This State and its political subdivisions shall not recognize or give effect to a legal status, right, or claim created by another jurisdiction respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. Nothing in this section shall impair any right or benefit extended by the State or its political subdivisions other than a right or benefit arising from a domestic union that is not valid or recognized in this State. This section shall not prohibit or limit parties, other than the State or its political subdivisions, from entering into contracts or other legal instruments.

Section 20-1-10. Persons who may contract matrimony.

(A) All persons, except mentally incompetent persons and persons whose marriage is prohibited by this section, may lawfully contract matrimony.

(B) No man shall marry his mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, stepmother, sister, grandfather's wife, son's wife, grandson's wife, wife's mother, wife's grandmother, wife's daughter, wife's granddaughter, brother's daughter, sister's daughter, father's sister, mother's sister, or another man.

(C) No woman shall marry her father, grandfather, son, grandson, stepfather, brother, grandmother's husband, daughter's husband, granddaughter's husband, husband's father, husband's grandfather, husband's son, husband's grandson, brother's son, sister's son, father's brother, mother's brother, or another woman.

SECTION 20-1-15. Prohibition of same sex marriage.

A marriage between persons of the same sex is void ab initio and against the public policy of this State.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

South Dakota

November 7, 2006: South Dakota voters passed an amendment to the state constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage with 52% of the vote. This is the lowest percentage for any state that has passed such an amendment by popular vote.

Texts : Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in South Dakota. The uniting of two or more persons in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other quasi-marital relationship shall not be valid or recognized in South Dakota.

25-1-1 Marriage defined—Consent and solemnization required.

Marriage is a personal relation, between a man and a woman, arising out of a civil contract to which the consent of parties capable of making it is necessary. Consent alone does not constitute a marriage; it must be followed by a solemnization.

25-1-38. Validity of marriages contracted outside state—Same-sex marriages excluded.

Any marriage contracted outside the jurisdiction of this state, except a marriage contracted between two persons of the same gender, which is valid by the laws of the jurisdiction in which such marriage was contracted, is valid in this state.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Tennessee

November 7, 2006: The Tennessee Marriage Protection Amendment passed by a margin of 81% to 19%.

Texts : Section 18. Marital contract defined.The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state. Any policy or law or judicial interpretation, purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one (1) man and one (1) woman, is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee. If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry and if such marriage is prohibited in this state by the provisions of this section, then the marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state. 36-3-113. Marriage between one man and one woman only legally recognized marital contract.

(a) Tennessee's marriage licensing laws reinforce, carry forward, and make explicit the long-standing public policy of this state to recognize the family as essential to social and economic order and the common good and as the fundamental building block of our society. To that end, it is further the public policy of this state that the historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state in order to provide the unique and exclusive rights and privileges to marriage.
(b) The legal union in matrimony of only one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only recognized marriage in this state.
(c) Any policy, law or judicial interpretation that purports to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one (1) man and one (1) woman is contrary to the public policy of Tennessee.
(d) If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry, which marriages are prohibited in this state, any such marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Texas

Texts : (a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.

(b) This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

Chapter 2. The marriage relationship - Section 2.001. Marriage licence.

(a) A man and a woman desiring to enter into a ceremonial marriage must obtain a marriage license from the county clerk of any county of this state.

(b) A license may not be issued for the marriage of persons of the same sex.

Chapter 6. Suit for dissolution of marriage - Section 6.204. Recognition of same-sex marriage of union.

  • (a) In this section, "civil union" means any relationship status other than marriage that:
    • (1) is intended as an alternative to marriage or applies primarily to cohabitating persons; and
    • (2) grants to the parties of the relationship legal protections, benefits, or responsibilities granted to the spouses of a marriage.
  • (b) A marriage between persons of the same sex or a civil union is contrary to the public policy of this state and is void in this state.
  • (c) The state or an agency or political subdivision of the state may not give effect to a:
    • (1) public act, record, or judicial proceeding that creates, recognizes, or validates a marriage between persons of the same sex or a civil union in this state or in any other jurisdiction; or
    • (2) right or claim to any legal protection, benefit, or responsibility asserted as a result of a marriage between persons of the same sex or a civil union in this state or in any other jurisdiction.


No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Utah

2004: A constitutional amendment was passed defining civil marriage to be limited to opposite-sex couples. It was approved by wide margin, 66% favorable and only 34% against, in November 2004.

The amendment defines marriage as "... the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect."

2005: Utahmarker Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. proposed reciprocal benefits for all same-sex couples living in the state. The measure was defeated in the state Senate by 18 -10, and since then he has promised to introduce a Reciprocal Benefits Bill 2009 (similar to Colorado laws) in 2009.

Texts: Section 29. Marriage.

(1) Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.

(2) No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.

  • Utah Code - Title 30. Husband and Wife - Chapter 01. Marriage
30-1-2. Marriages prohibited and void.

The following marriages are prohibited and declared void: ... (5) between persons of the same sex.

30-1-4.1. Marriage recognition policy.

(1) (a) It is the policy of this state to recognize as marriage only the legal union of a man and a woman as provided in this chapter.

(b) Except for the relationship of marriage between a man and a woman recognized pursuant to this chapter, this state will not recognize, enforce, or give legal effect to any law creating any legal status, rights, benefits, or duties that are substantially equivalent to those provided under Utah law to a man and a woman because they are married.

(2) Nothing in Subsection (1) impairs any contract or other rights, benefits, or duties that are enforceable independently of this section.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Vermont

1999: Vermont Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples are entitled, under the state's constitution, to all of the protections and benefits provided through marriage.

2000: The legislature passes a law creating civil unions for same-sex couples, giving them all rights and benefits of marriage under Vermont law.

2007: On February 9, a same-sex marriage bill ( H275) was introduced to the Legislature after seven years of civil unions.

2009: On April 3, the House passed the bill 95-52, four votes shy of a veto-proof majority. On April 6, the Vermont State Senate approved the amendments made by the House and presented the revised bill to the governor, who immediately vetoed it. On April 7, the veto was overridden by the Legislature, with the Senate voting 23-5 in favor of an override and the House voting 100-49. The law went into effect on September 1, 2009.

Texts from the Vermont statutes:
  • Title 15. Domestic Relations - Chapter 1. Marriage
§ 8. Marriage definition.

Marriage is the legally recognized union of any two (2) adult persons.

§ 5. Marriage entered into in another state.

If a person residing and intending to continue to reside in this state is prohibited from contracting marriage under the laws of this state and such person goes into another state or country and there contracts a marriage prohibited and declared void by the laws of this state, such marriage shall be null and void for all purposes in this state.

§ 6. Marriage void in state of residence.

A marriage shall not be contracted in this state by a person residing and intending to continue to reside in another state or jurisdiction, if such marriage would be void if contracted in such other state or jurisdiction. Every marriage solemnized in this state in violation of this section shall be null and void.



Marriage licenses are provided for any two (2) adult persons.

Other relationship recognition for same-sex couples : Marriage.

Other relationships recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples as : Marriage



Virginia

1975: The Code of Virginia is amended to prohibit marriage between persons of the same sex.

1997: The statutory prohibition is extended to declare that any same-sex marriage from another state is void in Virginia.

2004: The Virginia Code is again amended to prohibit civil unions or similar arrangements between members of the same sex, including arrangements created by private contract. The same statute also bars recognition of any such union from another state.

2006: In November, a new Constitutional amendment, previously approved by the Virginia General Assemblymarker, limiting marriage to unions of one man and one woman was voted on by people of Virginia. A majority of the voters (1,325,668 or 57%) approved the amendment, as opposed to 1,003,967 or 43% voting no. The amendment takes effect in 2007.

Texts : That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by thisCommonwealth and its political subdivisions.
This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.

§ 20-45.2. Marriage between persons of same sex.

A marriage between persons of the same sex is prohibited. Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex in another state or jurisdiction shall be void in all respects in Virginia and any contractual rights created by such marriage shall be void and unenforceable.

§ 20-45.3. Civil unions between persons of same sex.

A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited. Any such civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement entered into by persons of the same sex in another state or jurisdiction shall be void in all respects in Virginia and any contractual rights created thereby shall be void and unenforceable.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Washington

Texts : 26.04.010. Marriage contract Void marriages.

(1) Marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female who have each attained the age of eighteen years, and who are otherwise capable.26.04.020. Prohibited marriages.

(1) Marriages in the following cases are prohibited: ...(c) When the parties are persons other than a male and a female.

(3) A marriage between two persons that is recognized as valid in another jurisdiction is valid in this state only if the marriage is not prohibited or made unlawful under subsection ... (1)(c) ... of this section.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

However, domestic partnerships have been recognized as of July 22, 2007 and extented in 2008 and 2009, to all areas of statutes with the exception as shown above. See Domestic partnership in Washington.

West Virginia

Texts : §48-2-603. Certain acts, records, and proceedings not to be given effect in this state.

A public act, record or judicial proceeding of any other state, territory, possession or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of the other state, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship, shall not be given effect by this state.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Wisconsin

History :

2004–2006 : in both Wisconsin State Senate and Wisconsin State Assembly, double vote in order needed to put the subject on the ballot.November 7, 2006: Wisconsin voters pass the amendment by a margin of 59%-41%.

In June 2009, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate both passed the biennial state budget which includes domestic partnership protections for the state’s same-sex couples - it went into effect on 3 August 2009.

Texts : Section 13. Marriage. Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.

765.001(2) Intent. - Extract :

... Under the laws of this state, marriage is a legal relationship between 2 equal persons, a husband and wife, who owe to each other mutual responsibility and support....

765.01 A civil contract.

Marriage, so far as its validity at law is concerned, is a civil contract, to which the consent of the parties capable in law of contracting is essential, and which creates the legal status of husband and wife.

765.04 Marriage abroad to circumvent the laws.

(1) If any person residing and intending to continue to reside in this state who is disabled or prohibited from contracting marriage under the laws of this state goes into another state or country and there contracts a marriage prohibited or declared void under the laws of this state, such marriage shall be void for all purposes in this state with the same effect as though it had been entered into in this state.

(3) No marriage shall be contracted in this state by a party residing and intending to continue to reside in another state or jurisdiction, if such marriage would be void if contracted in such other state or jurisdiction and every marriage celebrated in this state in violation of this provision shall be null and void.

765.30 Penalties.

(1) The following may be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 9 months or both:

(a) Penalty for marriage outside the state to circumvent the laws. Any person residing and intending to continue to reside in this state who goes outside the state and there contracts a marriage prohibited or declared void under the laws of this state.

No marriage licenses, no civil unions either - However certain limited rights in a domestic partnership are legally provided in Wisconsin and is recognised from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

Wyoming

Texts :
  • Wyoming Statutes - Title 20. Domestic relations - Chapter 1. Husband and wife - Article 1. Creation of marriage
20-1-101. Marriage a civil contract.

Marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female person to which the consent of the parties capable of contracting is essential.

No marriage license or recognition, no other relationship or its recognition from other jurisdictions for same-sex couples.

See also

In general
In the United States


References



External links

State by state:
  • Domawatch.org ( against same-sex marriage )
  • HRC ( in favor of same-sex marriage )



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