Social Policy & Politics Program | Report

The State of Relationship Recognition in 2014

by Sarah Trumble and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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Our fourth annual State of Relationship Recognition report documents the landslide of positive changes that have taken place over the last year for gay and lesbian couples—including marriage becoming legal in seven more states, a transformation in how the federal government treats gay couples now that the Defense of Marriage Act has been struck down, and the failure of opponents’ religious liberty arguments to halt this momentum. Altogether, 54% of Americans now live in a place with some sort of established legal recognition for gay couples—making 2014 the very first year an American is more likely to live in a place with relationship recognition than in a place without it.

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