There are now 21 states that allow same-sex marriage. Oregon and Pennsylvania are the two newest states to be added to the list. In both Oregon and Pennsylvania the governors and the attorneys general have decided not to appeal the decisions. Therefore these two states will allow same-sex marriage going forward. Here is a complete list of the states that now allow same-sex marriage:
- New Hampshire
- New York
- Washington (state)
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
The District of Columbia also allows same-sex marriage.
Every other state in the United States prohibits same-sex marriage. In every one of those states that prohibits same-sex marriage there is litigation pending challenging the prohibition, except one: North Dakota. Federal judges in most of these states have already ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. These cases are on appeal in the US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is only a matter of time before one of these cases is in front of the 9 Justices on the United States Supreme Court and we will have a resolution to this issue. A recent Gallup poll shows that 55% of the people approve same-sex marriage, which is an indicator in which way the court will lean as to same-sex marriage becoming the law of the land.
Contributed by MH Arrowhead, Scottsdale and Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney, David T. Eastman.
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