State Laws and Legislation

North Dakota Marriage/Relationship Recognition Law

Licenses marriages for same-sex couples? No.
North Dakota law states: “Marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between one man and one woman to which the consent of the parties is essential. The marriage relation may be entered into, maintained, annulled or dissolved only as provided by law. A spouse refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”

Honors marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions? No.
North Dakota law states: “Except when residents of this state contract a marriage in another state which is prohibited under the laws of this state, all marriages contracted outside this state, which are valid according to the laws of the state or country where contracted, are valid in this state. This section applies only to a marriage contracted in another state or country which is between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

The North Dakota Constitution states: “Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent effect."

Any form of statewide relationship recognition for same-sex couples? No.

Citations:
N.D. CENT. CODE §14-03-01; N.D. CENT. CODE §14-03-08.


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Updated: Wed, March 14, 2007 - 11:00:49