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Only Four States Have Unchallenged Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Us_mapThe Washington Post recently made the interesting observation that there are only 5 states in the U.S. (now, four, given Lambda Legal's lawsuit announced today in Georgia) where statewide bans on same-sex marriage have gone unchallenged:

Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states and bans are being challenged in 30, according to the latest count from Lambda Legal, a pro-gay marriage organization. (Hawaii and Illinois allow gay marriage, but legal technicalities to aspects of their laws are still being ironed out in the courts.)

The five states with bans on gay marriage that stand unchallenged are: Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The Post notes that the five states’ marriage bans may not last for long as one South Dakota couple already has plans to challenge their state’s ban.

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  1. Lawsuits were filed in Georgia earlier today.

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 22, 2014 7:43:59 PM

  2. I can't wait to see the look on Sarah Palin's face when Alaska's gay marriage ban goes down.

    Posted by: bernard | Apr 22, 2014 7:48:05 PM

  3. Hey DANIEL VILLARREAL! You should read this website called "" Then you would see that there was an article posted by your boss about 4 hours (just SIX items!) before yours discussing the fact that an equal marriage suit has been filed in Georgia.

    If the people who write for Towleroad can't be bothered to even skim the headlines on Towleroad, then why should anyone else bother with it? It makes both you, and the site, look like kids running a junior high mimeographed one-sheet "news of the school."

    Posted by: BusterLA | Apr 22, 2014 11:07:11 PM

  4. "The Post notes that the five[sic] states’ marriage bans may not last for long as one South Dakota couple already has plans to challenge their state’s ban."

    It's quite a leap from "somebody plans to sue" to "bans may not last for long", don't you think? A case in Oklahoma was filed more than 10 years ago, and their ban is still in effect.

    Posted by: TKinSC | Apr 23, 2014 12:18:23 AM

  5. Hey BUSTERLA,

    I wrote the story yesterday (before GA filed their case) and b/c of Typepad outages that have been keeping Towleroad non-operational, the site's editor did not run it until today. The headline and story were accurate when I filed it. That is all.

    - Daniel

    Posted by: Daniel Villarreal | Apr 23, 2014 12:27:14 AM

  6. Disgraceful...whyyy can't merica just LIVE UP TOO it's Dammed CREEDS already, and STOP wasting MONEY and TIME with these lawsuits......Merica looks like a Hypocritical Mess with it's LYING CREEDS about Liberty this, and Freedom that...blah blah blah

    Posted by: disgusted merican | Apr 23, 2014 8:35:21 AM

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