Same Sex Marriage States

Following the landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriages became legal in all 50 states for the first time in U.S. history. Same-sex marriage is defined as a formal and legally recognized union between two people of the same biological sex. However, many states still have laws prohibiting same-sex marriage which would otherwise be in effect, if not for the aforementioned court ruling. 

The Supreme Court ruling of June 2015 specifically points to the due process and equal protection clauses within the 14th Amendment in the U.S. constitution as reasons for the prior ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional. If the ruling was to be overturned by the Supreme Court, bans and restrictions of same-sex marriages would immediately take effect in more than half of the states in the U.S., as many states never rescinded their bans on same-sex marriage after the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. 

However, in spite of that, there are a handful of U.S. states that have no laws banning or restricting same-sex marriage, should that occur. Nevada, in a more proactive way, has guaranteed the right of same-sex marriages by codifying the Supreme Court ruling into law, after the 2015 ruling. Many states in the Northeastern U.S., moreover, have either passed marriage equality legislation or a ballot measure ensuring the same. 

To learn more about same sex marriages by state, scroll the data in the charts.

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status by State

Alabama - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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147,000

#26 in the US

Alaska - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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25,000

#47 in the US

Arizona - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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286,000

#15 in the US

Arkansas - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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95,000

#34 in the US

California - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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1,859,000

#1 in the US

Colorado - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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234,000

#17 in the US

Connecticut - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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133,000

#30 in the US

Delaware - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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40,000

#44 in the US

Florida - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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886,000

#4 in the US

Georgia - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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425,000

#8 in the US

Hawaii - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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59,000

#40 in the US

Idaho - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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48,000

#42 in the US

Illinois - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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506,000

#5 in the US

Indiana - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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272,000

#16 in the US

Iowa - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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106,000

#31 in the US

Kansas - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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92,000

#35 in the US

Kentucky - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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144,000

#28 in the US

Louisiana - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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169,000

#24 in the US

Maine - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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60,000

#39 in the US

Maryland - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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234,000

#18 in the US

Massachusetts - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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335,000

#13 in the US

Michigan - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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373,000

#10 in the US

Minnesota - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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210,000

#21 in the US

Mississippi - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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99,000

#33 in the US

Missouri - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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217,000

#20 in the US

Montana - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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30,000

#45 in the US

Nebraska - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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67,000

#38 in the US

Nevada - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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145,000

#27 in the US

New Hampshire - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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59,000

#41 in the US

New Jersey - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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343,000

#11 in the US

New Mexico - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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85,000

#36 in the US

New York - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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913,000

#3 in the US

North Carolina - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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382,000

#9 in the US

North Dakota - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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20,000

#49 in the US

Ohio - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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462,000

#7 in the US

Oklahoma - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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138,000

#29 in the US

Oregon - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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207,000

#22 in the US

Pennsylvania - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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490,000

#6 in the US

Rhode Island - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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44,000

#43 in the US

South Carolina - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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167,000

#25 in the US

South Dakota - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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25,000

#48 in the US

Tennessee - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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223,000

#19 in the US

Texas - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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1,053,000

#2 in the US

Utah - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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104,000

#32 in the US

Vermont - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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30,000

#46 in the US

Virginia - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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308,000

#14 in the US

Washington - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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342,000

#12 in the US

West Virginia - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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68,000

#37 in the US

Wisconsin - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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207,000

#23 in the US

Wyoming - Same-Sex Marriage Ban Status

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18,000

#50 in the US