StatesFor a full breakdown of where state laws stand, click here.
Seventeen states - CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, RI, VT, and WA - plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. In UT, a federal judge has issued a ruling establishing the freedom to marry, and the decision is now stayed pending consideration by the appellate court.
Three states offer broad protections short of marriage. CO allows civil union, while OR and NV offer broad domestic partnership. WI has more limited domestic partnership.
With these advances, a record number of Americans live in states that recognize relationships between same-sex couples:
- Over 38% of the U.S. population lives in a state that either has the freedom to marry or honors out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
- Over 41% of the U.S. population lives in a state with either marriage or a broad legal status such as civil union or domestic partnership.
- Over 43% of the U.S. population lives in a state that provides some form of protections for gay couples.