Use the map below to locate your state, and find up-to-date information about the fight for the freedom to marry. You will find what each state's status is, what's happening in the news, and the history of marriage in the state.
Twelve states - CT, DE (takes effect July 1), IA, ME, MD, MA, MN (takes effect August 1), NH, NY, RI (takes effect August 1), VT, and WA - plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. In 2012, the legislature in NJ passed a freedom to marry bill, and work is now underway to override the governor's veto.
NM explicitly respects out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples, while seven states now offer broad protections short of marriage. CO, HI, IL, and NJ allow civil union, while CA, OR, and NV offer broad domestic partnership. WI has more limited domestic partnership.
For a factual breakdown of marriage and relationship recognition laws for same-sex couples in the United States, visit our "Where State Laws Stand" page.