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Which States Ban Gay Marriage?

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Question: Which States Ban Gay Marriage?
Which states have bans against gay marriage? Many states have constitutional bans on gay marriage, others have passed laws through their legislatures. Here is a listing of each state's ruling on gay marriage.
Answer: Twenty-nine states have a constitutional ban restricting marriage to one man and one woman. Those states are:
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California (with the passage of Prop 8)
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia

The following states have laws that ban gay marriage and limit marriage to one man and one woman (but it is not in their constitutions):

  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Information provided by Human Rights Campaign, updated 05/09/2012
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