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Quick Glance: Progression of Marriage Equality over the Past Decade

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In April arguments began on four key same-sex marriage cases before the US Supreme Court.  This ruling will likely be the deciding factor on states' rights in regard to marriage and the reach of equal protection granted by the Fourteenth Amendment.  With a broader ruling on the horizon we thought it appropriate to take a moment to consider the exciting evolution of marriage rights for same-gender couples over the past decade.  Noted below are the current 37 states which provide full marriage rights to same-sex couples along with the date of enactment.

Full marriage rights in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont were all decided by state legislature.

Marriage rights in Maine, Maryland and Washington State were all decided by popular vote.

The remaining 26 states' passage of marriage equality was decided by the courts.

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For additional information on the Supreme Court review of gay marriage this year you can visit the SCOTUS Blog online at http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/01/court-will-rule-on-same-sex-marriage.  

For interesting information about the arguments for and against same-gender marriage rights, visit:  http://gaymarriage.procon.org/

 

  • Massachusetts (May 17, 2004)
  • Connecticut (Nov. 12, 2008)
  • Iowa (Apr. 24, 2009)
  • Vermont (Sep. 1, 2009)
  • New Hampshire (Jan. 1, 2010)
  • Washington DC (Mar. 3, 2010)
  • New York (July 24, 2011)
  • Washington (Dec. 9, 2012)
  • Maine (Dec. 29, 2012)
  • Maryland (Jan. 1, 2013)
  • California (June 28, 2013)
  • Delaware (July 1, 2013)
  • Minnesota (Aug. 1, 2013)
  • Rhode Island (Aug. 1, 2013)
  • New Jersey (Oct. 21, 2013)
  • Hawaii (Dec. 2, 2013)
  • New Mexico (Dec. 19, 2013)
  • Oregon (May 19, 2014)
  • Pennsylvania (May 20, 2014)
  • Illinois (June 1, 2014)
  • Virginia (Oct. 6, 2014)
  • Indiana (Oct. 6, 2014)
  • Utah (Oct. 6, 2014)
  • Wisconsin (Oct. 6, 2014)
  • Oklahoma (Oct. 6, 2014)
  • Colorado (Oct. 7, 2014)
  • West Virginia (Oct. 9, 2014)
  • Nevada (Oct. 9, 2014)
  • North Carolina (Oct. 10, 2014)
  • Idaho (Oct. 13, 2014)
  • Alaska (Oct. 17, 2014)
  • Arizona (Oct. 17, 2014)
  • Wyoming (Oct. 21, 2014)
  • Kansas (Nov. 12, 2014)
  • Montana (Nov. 19, 2014)
  • South Carolina (Nov. 20, 2014)
  • Florida (Jan. 6, 2015)
  • Alabama (Feb. 9, 2015)

 

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