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It's been one year since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor. So what's the state of gay marriage in America today?
Since the Court's ruling last summer (on June 26, 2013), dozens of states have had their same-sex marriage bans challenged and even defeated in federal and state courts, with many state governments choosing not to defend their own laws.
Many courts that have struck down state gay marriage bans in the past year have cited Windsor as powerful precedent. Here's an overview of where the issue of gay marriage stands today:
As of the time of this article's posting, there are 20 states (plus the District of Columbia) which allow same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses.
But these jurisdictions have followed different paths toward recognizing same-sex nuptials. These include:
So what's going on in the other states that don't allow for same-sex marriage?
There are, at the time of this writing, 30 states do not permit same-sex marriage. All of those bans, however, have been challeged in court.
The U.S. Supreme Court has not addressed the issue of gay marriage since Windsor, but by all accounts, it won't be long until the issue reaches the High Court once again.
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