In a landmark ruling issued in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution allows for same-sex marriage, effectively overturning remaining restrictions in place in states.
Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, these 37 states and the District of Columbia had legalized gay marriage:
Most other states had enacted constitutional or statutory bans on same-sex marriage, known as "Defense of Marriage" Acts. The following map shows state laws prior to the Supreme Court ruling:
Same-Sex Marriage Map
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State senators also approved a bill restricting abortions.
Pat McCrory won't sign a bill that would have allowed magistrates to opt out of performing weddings if they have religious objections.
In March, Gov. Pat McCrory voiced concerns about a bill to allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriages and said he won't sign it. He stopped short, however, of saying he would veto it. The governor can allow bills to become law without his signature.
The federal judge who struck down Alabama's laws banning same-sex marriage reaffirmed her decision Thursday evening, but delayed its implementation.
Many LGBT groups are angry over Pittsburgh Pride headliner Iggy Azalea because of because of tweets from the singer that they consider to be homophobic and racist.
Actual ministers support the decision of Maine Sen. David Burns to withdraw his bill, which was nearly identical in substance to the controversial religious freedom law passed in Indiana.
Gay marriage is likely coming to Mississippi, either at the hands of a New Orleans federal appeals court or when the U.S. Supreme Court takes action in June. But hostility toward homosexuality here explains why many gay families predict their problems won't end with a legal victory for same-sex marriage.
Alabama's highest court once again ordered judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a federal judge who struck down the state's ban on such unions as unconstitutional and ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to intervene.
John W. Smith, who has worked in the court system for more than 40 years. will retire as director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts effective May 1.
A Travis County judge ruled Tuesday that the Texas ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, but there was no rush to the altar after county officials _ scrambling to assess the effect of the judge's 3 p.m. order _ declined to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least for now.
Moments after a federal judge ruled Thursday that gay marriage licenses must be issued, Robert Povilat and his husband-to-be, Milton Persinger, were proudly the first in line at the Mobile County Probate Court and started filling out their paperwork.
For legal commentators both for and against same-sex marriage -- and, apparently, for two of the Supreme Court's most conservative justices -- the court's refusal Monday to block same-sex marriages in Alabama foreshadowed a likely ruling within months to extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians nationwide.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that the state must honor the marriages that were performed last year after a different federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
The state rings in a new era as clerks' offices in South Florida staged same-sex marriages midnight Monday and early Tuesday morning.
Uncertainty is facing Central Florida gay, lesbian couples preparing for Jan. weddings.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio won't lift a stay to allow gay marriages to go into effect immediately.
Despite South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's efforts, from Columbia to Charleston, couples lined up at probate courts to obtain the licenses.
The day before Kansas was to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stay that temporarily prevents the state from doing so.
A federal appeals court panel in Ohio upheld four states' bans on gay marriage Thursday, setting the stage for the Supreme Court to rule finally on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
Denying Missouri's gay couples the opportunity to marry is unconstitutional, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Same-sex couples in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska will all be free to obtain marriage licenses by next week after federal judges struck down bans in two of those states Friday and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a further stay in Alaska.
Add Alaska to the list of states allowing same-sex marriages, the product of a federal judge's ruling issued Sunday.
A federal judge in Louisiana threw a roadblock on what advocates thought would be an expressway toward establishing gay marriage as a fundamental national right, ruling that the state's ban on such unions was constitutional.
One judge called parts of the states' arguments "absurd" and "ridiculous."
A federal appeals court denied a request to block same-sex marriages from being performed in Virginia, and unless the Supreme Court intervenes, couples can begin to wed as early as next week, according to court filings and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
A Broward circuit judge Monday threw out Florida’s gay-marriage ban, paving the way for a Lake Worth lesbian to dissolve her Vermont civil union.
Now there are 31 states with same-sex marriage bans that have lawsuits about them.
The Central Conference of American Rabbis join the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ in challenging the state ban on same sex marriage. The suit is the nation's first faith-based challenge to same-sex marriage bans.
Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that he would not appeal the federal court decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage, making Pennsylvania the 19th state to recognize such marriages.
Analysis: Gay marriage in Virginia gets its day in federal appeals court.
A group of Charlotte-area ministers helped launch the country's first faith-based challenge to same-sex marriage bans, claiming in a lawsuit filed Monday that North Carolina's laws block them from practicing their religion.
Three couples argue the state's 10-year-old ban against same-sex marriage denies them equal protection under the law.
The state will appeal Monday’s federal court decision striking down part of Ohio’s ban on gay marriage when it comes to recognizing marriages legally performed in other states.
Steve Beshear said he will fight a judgement that requires the state to honor out-of-state same-sex marriages, though he'll have to find someone other than his attorney general to represent the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court has put same-sex unions in Utah on hold.
At 12:01 this morning, dozens of gay couples were joined in matrimony as New Jersey became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage.
With most state-run social service programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps, funded by the feds, who decides whether gay couples will receive those benefits?
Gay marriage is more than a social issue -- it’s a public health issue. New research suggests prohibitions on gay unions may take a psychological toll.
The California Supreme Court refused Monday to halt same-sex marriages while considering a legal bid to revive Proposition 8.
The bill introduced Friday would extend legal status and full benefits to out-of-state gay marriages. but it would not fully legalize same-sex marriage.
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered all California counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples once a lower court acts to implement Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, which will open the path for such weddings to resume.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say same-sex marriage has reached the point in which it is certain to become legal, according to a newly released poll from the Pew Research Center.
Without strong federal policies, states have become more active and divergent.
Minnesota becomes the 12th state to allow same-sex marriage with Gov. Mark Dayton's signature, which was celebrated with a large festival.
Pat Brady, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, announced his resignation Tuesday amid a simmering controversy over his support for gay marriage legislation.
Following more than an hour of riveting and personal floor speeches -- during which one state senator publicly announced for the first time he is gay -- the Nevada Senate voted 12-9 to begin the process of repealing the gay marriage ban from the state constitution.
State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. said he will support a bill to allow gay marriage in Illinois, becoming the second House Republican to do so and first among leadership.
When Chief Justice John Roberts implied overturning DOMA could hurt states' rights, it was likely a plea to one of his colleagues.
The U.S. Supreme Court clashed over whether it's constitutional for the federal government to ignore state decisions to legalize gay marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court's answer will determine whether the justices rule on California's gay marriage ban at all.
A state Senate committee approved resolutions requesting a task force study the social, economic and religious consequences of legalizing same-sex marriage the same week the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing two landmark cases on the issue.
The justices appeared torn Tuesday over whether it’s too soon to make a broad decision on the issue and whether they should even make a ruling at all.
Two cases covering same-sex marriage go before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Here’s a primer on the cases and the different routes the court might take.
Supreme Court will hear two cases next month.
Maryland issued its first licenses to gay couples a month after voters upheld the state’s same-sex marriage law, which goes into effect Jan. 1.
Rhode Island is the only New England state that hasn't legalized same-sex marriage.
The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentine’s Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.
From same-sex marriage to marijuana, millennials are changing our culture as their proportion of the population increases.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that private citizens can't defend a state law in federal court -- a decision with potentially widespread implications for cases involving voter-approved laws.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Wednesday a federal law that prevented the federal government from recognizing gay marriages in states where they're legal, but declined to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage
The ACLU announced a trio of lawsuits that will test the constitutionality of state laws barring gay marriage. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania and North Carolina with another to come in Virginia, are part of a carefully crafted effort to capitalize on the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Less than 24 hours before county clerks could start issuing licenses for same-sex marriages, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called a timeout.