On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court declared that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violates the U.S. Constitution.
This decision extends the freedom to marry to all same-sex couples nationwide.
While this represents a new legal reality, many state officials have placed roadblocks to providing equal treatment under this law. It is still important to understand the basic civil, economic and social necessities for the right to marry, in order to ensure our rightful status as full, participating citizens.
The “Legal Marriage Essays” and “Legal Marriage Data” sections provided in the Partner Task Force Table of Contents contain more than 90 articles that have vital information regarding marriage as a civil right.
The Legal Marriage Essays section provides rationale, and often has more personal views.
The Legal Marriage Data section lists rights, responsibilities, and legal ramifications.
Because our line-up of articles is so extremely long - as seen in our Table of Contents - here is a list of recommended pieces to start with that are central to understanding the key issues:
Governments that offer Full Legal Marriage
South Africa (2005)
New Zealand (2013)
New Zealand (2013)
(England, Wales, Scotland) (2013)
United States (2015)
US States & Territories
U.S. Supreme Court, June 26, 2015 Ruling: All U.S. States must allow same-sex couples legal marriage.
New Hampshire (2009)
District of Columbia (2009)
New York (2011)
Rhode Island (2013)
New Jersey (2013)
New Mexico (2013)
Michigan (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
Arkansas (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
West Virginia (2014)
Kansas (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
North Carolina (2014)
South Carolina (2014)
Native American Tribes|
Coquille Tribe, Oregon (2009)
Mashantucket Pequot, Connecticut (2011)
Suquamish Tribe, Washington (2011)
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington (2013)
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota (2013)
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan (2013)
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan (2013)
Santa Ysabel Tribe, California (2013)
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation, Washington (2013)
Cheyenne, Oklahoma (2013)
Arapaho, Oklahoma (2013)
Leech Lake Tribal Court, Minnesota (2013)
Puyallup Tribe, Washington (2914)
Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming (2014)
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan (2014)
Colville Confederated Tribes, Washington (2014)
Central Council of Tlingit, Alaska (2015)
Haida Indian Tribes, Alaska (2015)
For information on domestic partnership laws, such as “Civil Unions”
and other non-marriage attempts at equal rights, please see our article:
Domestic Partnership Benefits