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Where the States Stand on Marriage

Created on June 25, 2013

Where the States Stand on Marriage

State

Year of Vote

PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS supporting same-sex marriage

PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS DEFINING MARRIAGE AS THE UNION OF A MAN AND A WOMAN

* In nine of these states and the District of Columbia, laws were changed by state legislatures or after court rulings. In only three states—Maryland, Maine, and Washington—did citizens vote to redefine marriage.

States that have redefined marriage*

States with laws that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman

Voters supported amendments to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman

STRONG SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE.In the 31 states where citizens voted to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their constitution, the margins were typically large. Conversely, in the three states that voted to redefine marriage, the margins were relatively small.

The vast majority of states—38—define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Only 12 states and the District of Columbia have changed their laws to include same-sex couples.

Source: Heritage Foundation research.

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