Article 4, Section 1 of the Constitution provides that states will respect other states regarding legal rulings within those jurisdictions. However, marriage has become a flashpoint between states, particularly regarding the issue of gay marriage.* To what extent, if any, should states accord full faith and credit to marriages performed in other states? Should laws regarding marriage, divorce, and separation be harmonized across all states? What are the short-term and long-term implications of states disagreeing on recognizing marriages performed in other states?
The Full Faith and Credit Clause recognize that marriage lawfully contracted in one state is valid in other states.
Every state in the US has autonomy specifically in implementing statutes. Having granted autonomy, they have the authority to pass laws --- even same sex marriage legislation.
Currently, there are six states and one district allowing same-sex marriages: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, the District of Columbia, and New York.
And now the question, should gay marriages be legally ...
The solution is a discourse on the acceptability of marriage, including same sex marriage, officiated in other states.