Can you get married in another country and have your marriage recognized in the United States?

Your marriage will be recognized if it was a legal marriage and as long as it does not violate any laws in your new home.

For example:

  • A plural marriage would not be recognized in the US where you can only be married to one person at a time.
  • A same sex marriage would be recognized by the state of Massachusetts because the state recognizes same sex marriage. However, it would not be recognized by the federal government nor in any state that does not recognize same sex marriage.