Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • Civil marriage equality in effect at the state level since 2013. (Same-sex couples may legally marry.)
  • Same-sex marriages are recognized by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota. The first tribal same-sex marriage took place on 15 November 2013.


  • In 1970, Baker v. Nelson was the first same-sex marriage equality case to be tried in the United States. The case was filed in Minnesota. It was first decided by the Supreme Court of Minnesota in 1971, and that decision was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1972 (see Lawsuits-Resolved). MEUSA News Blog article, 8 October 2014, LGBTQ History Month: Jack & Mike, Our Pioneers

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