The State and Local Level

In 2009, we saw results all over the map; these are some of the highlights.

Marriage is legal in Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire. Nevada and Washington now offer full domestic partnerships. Wisconsin and Colorado have limited domestic partnership rights.

North Carolina enacted anti-bullying legislation in schools that includes sexual orientation and gender identity—the first law of its kind in the South.

In Idaho, the Pocatello city council expanded their employment nondiscrimination policy; and 556 miles north, the Moscow city council voted for health benefits for domestic partners.

City councils in Charleston, South Carolina and Salt Lake City, Utah passed inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances. And one of South Dakota’s largest employers implemented a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.