The Gay Marriage War Map: Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal, Illegal, and Legal-ish

The law, lawyers, and the court.
Oct. 6 2014 1:45 PM

Your Guide to the Gay Marriage Fight

Each state’s legal status on gay marriage, mapped.

Update, Oct. 6, 2014: The map below has been updated to reflect the Supreme Court's decision to decline to review seven gay marriage decisions in five states. As Mark Joseph Stern points out, gay marriages may start in six other states soon because of the Supreme Court's decision.

Where Is Gay Marriage Legal in the U.S.?

The current status of gay marriage across the U.S. Click any state for details.

Legal
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Ban struck down, appeal pending
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Banned, currently challenged in court
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Banned

Update, June 25, 2014: The map above has been updated to reflect a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down a 2004 gay marriage ban in Utah.

After a federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban this week, the state became the 25th where gay marriage is currently legal—kinda. In seven of those states, courts have struck down gay marriage bans but gays can’t marry yet because appeals on those decisions are pending. In the other half of the country, gay marriage bans remain in effect, but most face court challenges. What’s your state’s marital status? The map above, developed and updated by Mother Jones, charts the ongoing battle for gay rights. Click on a state for more information about it.

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This map originally appeared at Mother Jones and is republished here with permission.

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