Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • Civil marriage equality in effect at the state level since 2009. (Same-sex couples may legally marry.)


  • In July 2000, Vermont became the first U.S. state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.
  • In 2009, Vermont was the first state to introduce same-sex marriage into state law by enacting a statute without being required to do so by a court decision.