Voters in North Carolina just approved a constitutional amendment in their state to legally ban marriage between same-sex couples. With all of the talk on social networks about the passing, it became apparent that many people (me included) didn’t realize where their own states ruled on same-sex marriage.
Until 1996, the United States federal government had no official stance on marriage. At that time, President Clinton (who has since stated he wishes it repealed) signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which specified that “no state or other political subdivision of the U.S. may be required to recognize as a marriage a same-sex relationship considered a marriage in another state.” According to state’s rights, each state in the union is responsible for legislating their own laws on how marriage is defined.
Since 1996 (save for two instances), most states and territories have passed laws that define the genders who may get married or enter into a civil union and the limitations on those laws and benefits. Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding same-sex marriage or the prohibition of gay marriage. As outlined in DOMA, those laws and limitations don’t have to be recognized by other states.
The question I ask: Do you know where your state stands on marriage? Did you vote for or against the law proposed in your state?
To find out the laws in your state, visit this Wikipedia page on Same-Sex Marriage.
Angie Lynch is the founder and managing editor of the powerhouse women’s literary community, Smut Book Club. She is a Native Floridian without a tan, probably because she spends her days hard at work on the magical internet. For the past several years, Angie has worked way too hard at building clout as an influencer in food and margaritas as well as being a source for laughable pop culture commentary. You can read more from Angie on her blog, A Whole Lot of Nothing.
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