Marriages and divorces are recorded by states, counties, and territories, plus New York City and the District of Columbia, but not by the federal government. About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. The United States is the most populous country in the world to have established same-sex marriage nationwide. American Anthropological Association. The U. Smith Masterpiece Cakeshop v.
The uniting of two or more persons in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other quasi-marital relationship shall not be valid or recognized in South Dakota. Pat McCrory voiced concerns about a bill to allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriages and said he won't sign it. The state's ban was struck down in January by a federal judge who said it serves "no legitimate governmental purpose. Category Commons Portals.
On October 21, gay and lesbian couple are legally allowed to marry.