State-by-State Look at Gay Marriage Bans

ABC News via Associated Press – Monday October 6, 2014

Flowers and marriage license Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
FILE – In this June 26, 2014 file photo, a bouquet of flowers sits next to the new marriage license of longtime same-sex couple Angie Holley and Bylo Farmer on a table outside the offices of the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, in Boulder, Colo. The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. The court’s order effectively makes gay marriage legal now in 30 states. Image: Brennan Linsley/AP

State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.

The court’s decision effectively made gay marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin in a ruling also affecting six states where same-sex marriages had been put on hold pending high-court review: Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The remaining state bans are all under legal challenges.

A look at where the issue stands across the country. . .

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