As attitudes about gay marriage have evolved over time, a patchwork of laws and state constitutional amendments regulating the practice has spider-webbed across the country. An equally patchwork series of pending legal challenges and decisions at various levels of the court system striking down the remaining bans have left many marriages in legal limbo. Our map gives a quick picture of where gay marriage is legal, banned and where courts have struck down bans, with their decisions now being appealed to higher courts.

Banned, but challenged in court.

Ban struck down, marriages stayed pending appeals.

Gay marriage is legal.




Map by Charles J. Johnson and Kurt Gessler with the help of Google Fusion tables. Sources: The Pew Forum, the Washington Post, Lambda Legal.