Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman (28)
State law defining marriage as between a man and a woman (10)
State law to allow or judicial recognition of same-sex marriage that has not yet taken effect (3)*
Same-sex marriages allowed (7)
No state law or constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage (3)
* Legislation passed in Washington and Maryland in February 2012 will allow same-sex marriages, but those laws have not yet taken effect. In California, a federal appeals court found that the state constitution's restriction on same-sex marriage was invalid, but has postponed enforcement pending appeal.
States that provide
civil unions for same-sex