Over the past decade or so, divorce has gradually become more uncommon in the United States. Since , however, the decline in divorce rates has been largely confined to states which have not passed a state constitutional ban on gay marriage. These states saw their divorce rates decrease by an average of 8 percent between and States which had passed a same-sex marriage ban as of January 1, , however, saw their divorce rates rise by about 1 percent over the same period. The table below details the divorce rates for the 43 states that reported their divorce statistics to the CDC in both and It is calculated by taking the total number of divorces in the state that year, and dividing it by the number of married persons , as reported by the Census Bureau.
Why states that ban gay marriage are resting easy after Supreme Court rulings
Gay Marriage, Same Sex Marriage, and the Constitution
About Follow Donate. In , the U. Supreme Court ruled all state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry nationwide. This timeline highlights the changes in state policies leading up to that ruling, starting in — when Utah became the first state to enact a Defense of Marriage Act DOMA.
Same-Sex Marriage, State by State
This article summarizes the same-sex marriage laws of states in the United States. Via the case Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, , the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage in a decision that applies nationwide, with the possible exception of American Samoa and some tribal nations. In November , Nevada became the first state to repeal its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Marital and domestic relations - Chapter 1.
By David Bailey. The Senate approved the proposed amendment earlier in May largely along party lines. Minnesota law already bans gay marriage, but amendment sponsors argued that a constitutional amendment would ensure legislators or a small group of judges could not change that. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, who strongly opposes any constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, has no power to stop lawmakers from putting an amendment on the ballot. Protesters supporting and opposing the amendment could be heard demonstrating outside the House chambers for days and anti-amendment chants were audible after the vote.