In fact, there are only 13 states (plus DC) which explicitly ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation AND gender identity (gender identity is a lesson for another day). I hope you are lucky to live in the great states of:
- Rhode Island
- New Mexico
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Nevada, Maryland, New York and Delaware are an additional 8 states that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation only.
That's a total of 21 states (plus DC) where it would be illegal to discriminate against a same-sex couple, meaning in 29 states, a wedding vendor could legally deny services to a same-sex couple. The PDF map of state laws is found here.
This is why screening vendors is so important! Where does your state stand?
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