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DOMA: Get the Facts

Learn more about what the Supreme Court's decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) might mean for legally married gay couples across the country. Learn More

Marriage in the States

California aside, twelve states and Washington, D.C., issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, and seven others have statewide laws providing the equivalent of state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples within the state. Statewide prohibitions against marriage for same-sex couples are in place in 36 states — either in the form of statutory law or voter-approved amendment to the state’s constitution. Learn More

Congressional Marriage Positions

Through extensive research of publicly-available materials, including news reports and campaign and official websites, as well as direct contact with congressional offices, HRC has compiled this resource to show where members of Congress stand on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples. Learn More

State "Defense of Marriage" Amendments

As of June 2013, 30 states have constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman, thereby prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying within the state. The process of amending a state constitution varies significantly from state to state. Read HRC's state-by-state guide breaking down state constitutional amendment processes across the country. Learn More

Prop 8 Timeline

On May 22, 2009, two same-sex couples filed suit against the State of California in federal court, arguing that California’s Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.  Four years later after victories in both the District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Perry case is now awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.  View HRC’s timeline detailing the case's historic road from California to the Supreme Court. Learn More

Overview of Federal Marriage Rights and Protections

There are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law. Because DOMA defines marriage as only a legal union between one man and one woman, same-sex couples – even if legally married in their state – will not be considered spouses for purposes of federal law. View a summary of several categories of federal laws contingent upon marital status. Learn More


Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans from all walks of life support marriage rights nationwide for committed and loving same-sex couples. And even more believe it’s wrong for the federal government to discriminate against legally-married same-sex couples.

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