Where Can I Get Married?

When we founded this business back in 1999, no states — zero, zilch, nada — offered legal marriage recognition for same sex couples. At the time, we were simply doing our best to innovate by being a voice for change while providing hard-to-find products for couples who were creating ceremonies for themselves, without the help of lawmakers.

But, at last! The day we have dreamed of is upon us! Couples may now choose to live in one of several states which offers legal recognition for same sex couples.

Legal requirements differ in each of these states & countries, but many GayWeddings.com clients want to learn more about how to get legally married or seek a Civil Union and where they can go.


Here are a few resources, including links to find information for registering for a civil union or marriage license in applicable jurisdictions:

United States

Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory


Getting a license in Maine



Getting a license in Maryland

Washington State

Getting a license in Washington state

New York

Getting a License in New York City

District of Columbia

How to apply for a marriage license in D.C.


GLAD’s How To Get Married Guide


How to get married


Getting married



Cook County Licenses


Online application



Marriage licenses


Tips for an Iowa marriage

New Jersey:

Information for a New Jersey Civil Union License

New Hampshire:

Your Honor, I Do

Requirements and information for marriage licenses


Marriage Licenses



Marriage License requests



Getting married in Canada


General Register Office for the UK

As always, we encourage you to contact a lawyer to discuss your personal situation, local laws, and how this decision in unchartered territory may or may not affect you!

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