457:46 Obtaining Legal Status of Marriage. Since last summer's Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, two historic marriage cases, not a single state marriage ban has survived a federal court challenge. Same-sex marriage became the law of the land in 2015, but you wouldn’t know that looking at the constitutions and statutes of dozens of U.S. states. Marriage is the legally recognized union of two people. Marriages between two individuals regardless of gender and legal where contracted shall be held legal in the courts of this State. Two persons, regardless of gender, who are married to each other may be rejoined in marriage if the record of their marriage has been lost or destroyed or is otherwise unobtainable.[6]. ΝΟΜΟΣ ΥΠ’ ΑΡΙΘ. Legal in some provinces and territories since 2003. A marriage between persons of the same sex will not be recognized for any purpose in this state even when valid where contracted. A purported marriage between persons of the same sex violates a strong public policy of the state of Louisiana and such a marriage contracted in another state shall not be recognized in this state for any purpose, including the assertion of any right or claim as a result of the purported marriage. In 1973, Maryland became the first state to do so. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void ab initio and against the public policy of this State. (b) It is only between one man and one woman. Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. “In Colorado we got a whole host of things to work on from transportation to education to housing to access to heath care, but instead of being able to dedicate all our resources to things like access to HIV-prevention medications, we have to allocate staff time and resource just to be able fight these bills.”. Besides Oregon and Pennsylvania, these states allow gay marriage: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. (2) Nothing in Subsection (1) impairs any contract or other rights, benefits, or duties that are enforceable independently of this section. 2009, 59:1, eff. On Monday, Oregon became the 18th state to allow same-sex marriages. Neither this Constitution nor any other provision of law shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups. Supporters gather for a group photo ahead of the floor votes on the Virginia Values Act. Degree of recognition unknown. By continuing to browse the site you consent to the use of cookies. (c) Any policy, law or judicial interpretation that purports to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one (1) man and one (1) woman is contrary to the public policy of Tennessee. 2. “They are still fighting same-sex marriage, both politically and legally.”. Section 9-11-109. Marriage. (b) Affect the validity of private agreements that are otherwise valid under the laws of this state. While the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision overrides all of those state measures, many of them, particularly the state constitutional amendments, remain on the books for one reason or another. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. Several states adopted their own “mini-DOMAs” after that, according to Pierceson, and by the year 2000, he said “virtually every state,” with the exception of New Mexico, had a “statutory ban on same-sex marriage.” These “mini-DOMAs,” he noted, banned gay marriage in family codes and state law, not the constitution.