Your gay guide to getting hitched

Gay news Web site 365Gay.com presents it’s guide to getting wed in the U.S.:

Massachusetts:
Massachusetts officially allowed couples who were not residents of the state to marry on July 31, 2008, though in-state residents were allowed to wed as of May 17, 2004. Prior to then, the state’s 1913 marriage residency law prohibited most same-sex couples from other states from getting married.

* Where: Couples can get a license from any city or town hall within the state.
* How: Both partners must be present when applying for the license.
* Waiting period: There is a three-day waiting period to receive the license, but this can be waived with a court order.
* Cost: Marriage fees vary from $4 to $50 within the state, depending upon the community.
* ID: Proper identification is required, so those getting married should have a birth certificate at hand and a government issued ID.
* Other: Licenses are valid for 60 days.

Connecticut:
The Constitution State followed Massachusetts  on Nov. 12, 2008, in allowing same-sex marriage. On Oct. 1, 2010, all existing civil unions will be automatically transformed into marriages.

* Where: Connecticut allows couples from out-of-state to get married, though they must apply for a license in either the town in which one of the individuals lives  or in the town in which the couple plans to marry. Couples can get the license from a local vital records office.
* How: Both partners must be present and must apply for the license in person.
* Out of state couples: Connecticut allows non-residents to get married.
* Waiting period: None.
* Cost: $35, cash only.
* ID: In addition to a photo ID (divers license, visa, passport, or military ID), those wishing to get a license will need to know their social security number, their mother’s maiden name, their parent’s birthplace, the date and location of the wedding, and the contact information of the wedding officiant.
* Other: The license expires after 65 days.

Iowa:
As of April 27, 2009, Iowa allows  gay residents and non-residents of the state to get married.

* Where: Couples should contact the county clerk’s office in the city they live in or wish to get married in to find out where to apply for a license.
* How: Both partners wishing to get married must be present when applying for the license.
* Out of state couples: Couples from out of state are allowed to marry in Iowa, though couples should contact the county clerk’s office to make sure no additional information is needed for non-residents.
* Waiting period: Iowa requires a three-day waiting period.
* Cost: $30, cash only. This does vary from county to county.
* ID: Along with a photo ID and social security information, Iowa requires one witness over the age of 18 be present when applying for the license.
* Other: Licenses are valid for six months.

Maine:
Though the state passed an equal marriage bill on May 6, 2009, the law will not go into effect until Sept. 14. A  people’s veto could prevent the law from taking affect – conservative activists are working to overturn the law now.

* Where: Couples should contact the local county clerk office to find the location of the town office where they need to get their license.
* How: Both partners must be present at the town office in order to get a license
* Out-of-state couples: Out-of-state residents can apply in any city or town office in the state;  it does not have to be in the same town as the wedding.
* Waiting period: None.
* Cost: $10 per person, cash only. Couples must also pay the cost of the certified documents, which varies.
* ID: A photo ID may be required, along with social security information.
* Other: The license is valid or 90 days, and no blood tests are required.

New Hampshire:
This week, Gov. John Lynch has signed the New Hampshire equal marriage bill, making New Hampshire the sixth state to have gay marriage. The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

* Where: If one of the partners resides in the state, the license must be applied for in the town or city where they reside. If both parties live in the state, a license can be obtained in either residence.
* How: Both partners must be present at the county clerks office to apply for the license.
* Out of state couples: Non-residents are able to get married in New Hampshire, but they must apply for a license in the same town or city as the wedding.
* Waiting period: There is a three-day waiting period.
* Cost: $45, cash only.
* ID: Valid picture ID is required, which in New Hampshire includes a driver’s license, ID card from the DMV, passport, military ID, resident alien card, or birth certificate.
* Other: Contact your local county clerk’s office to find out how long the license is valid.

Vermont:
The first state to introduce civil unions, Vermont will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Sept. 1, 2009. Though Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed the bill,  the state House and Senate overrode the veto, making Vermont the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through a vote of the legislature.

* Where: Couples can obtain a license in any town clerk’s office. The license must be bough in one of the towns in Vermont that a couple lives in if both are residents, or in the town of just one of the partners if only one is a resident.
* How: Vermont law requires that at least one party be present to sign the license, but most clerk’s offices prefer that both parties be present.
* Out of state couples: Like all the other states that allow same-sex marriage, it is not a requirement to be a resident of the state to achieve a marriage license. and can be obtained in any city or town in Vermont.
* Cost: $45, method of purchase can be found out by contacting the county clerk’s office.
* ID: A birth certificate can provide most of the background information needed, along with a government issued photo ID.
* Other: Licenses are valid for 60 days.

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3 thoughts on “Your gay guide to getting hitched

  1. This is awesome, but I wish it told you what states recognize an already married gay couple. So when you go to these states to get married you will know if it will be recognized.

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