Glossary Terms Beginning with S
Definitions for words starting with S are listed on this page. Take the link above or scroll down to the glossary term.
Same-Sex Marriage States Definition
On 06/26/15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states and that all existing bans are invalid.
The following states legalized same-sex marriages prior to 06/26/2015:
State
Valid Dates and Additional Information
Alaska
10/12/2014 to present
Arizona
10/17/2014 to present
California
06/28/2013 to present
 
Also, 06/16/2008 through 11/04/2008
Colorado
10/07/2014 to present
Delaware
05/07/2013 to present
 
Civil Unions from 2012 to 07/01/2013 automatically became marriages between 07/01/2013 and 07/01/2014
District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
03/03/2010 to present
Florida
Statewide 01/06/2015 to present
 
Miami–Dade County 01/05/2015 to present
Hawaii
12/02/2013 to present
Idaho
10/15/2014 to present
Illinois
Statewide 06/01/2014 to present
 
Cook County 02/22/2014 to present
 
Champaign County 02/26/2014 to present
 
Grundy County 02/27/2014 to present
 
St. Clair County 03/05/2014 to present
 
Cass County 03/05/2014 to present
 
Jackson County 03/05/2014 to present
 
Macon County 03/10/2014 to present
 
McLean County 03/24/2014 to present
 
Civil Unions from 06/01/2011 to 05/31/2014 can choose to become marriages until 06/01/2015 (Marriage date is the date of the civil union)
Indiana
10/06/2014 to present
Iowa
04/27/2009 to present
Kansas
11/12/2014 to present
Maine
12/29/2012 to present
Maryland
01/01/2013 to present
Massachusetts
05/17/2004 to present
Minnesota
08/01/2013 to present
Montana
11/19/2014 to present
Nevada
10/09/2014 to present
New Hampshire
01/01/2010 to present
 
Civil Unions from 01/01/2008 through 01/01/2010 automatically became marriages on 01/01/2011
New Jersey
10/21/2013 to present
New Mexico
Statewide 12/19/2013 to present (excluding many Native American tribes)
 
Sandoval County 02/20/2004 and 12/19/2013 to present
 
Santa Fe County 03/19/2013 to present
 
San Miguel County 08/27/2013 to present
 
Grant County 08/27/2013 to present
 
Valencia County 08/27/2013 to present
 
Los Alamos County 08/27/2013 to present
 
Taos County 08/28/2013 to present
 
Bernalillo County 08/26/2013 to present
 
Dona Ana County 08/21/2013 to present
New York
07/24/2011 to present
North Carolina
10/10/2014 to present
Oklahoma
10/06/2014 to present
Oregon
05/19/2014 to present
 
03/03/2004 through 04/20/2004
Pennsylvania
05/20/2014 to present
Rhode Island
08/01/2013 to present
Utah
10/06/2014 to present
Vermont
09/01/2009 to present
Virginia
10/06/2014 to present
Washington
12/06/2012 to present
West Virginia
10/09/2014 to present
Wisconsin
10/06/2014 to present
Wyoming
10/17/2014 to present
Spouse Definition
One of two persons, who are married to each other under applicable state law.
This includes one of the following:
One of two persons of the opposite sex
A same sex partner when the marriage is legally recognized. See Same-Sex States(g) for state legal information.
NOTE This includes a person when living together with someone of the opposite sex and presents themselves to the community as husband and wife
Standard of basic Needs Definition
The standard of basic need includes an amount for the following:
Food
Rent or mortgage payment
Utilities
Household supplies (bedding, towels, laundry, cleaning and paper supplies, etc.)
Clothing
Transportation (public transportation for personal use only. This does not include transportation to and from work or school.)
Personal care items (supply items only such as soap, toothpaste, shaving cream, etc.)
State Holidays Definition
The following holidays are observed by the State:
New Year’s Day- January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. / Civil Right s Day - Third Monday in January
President’s Day – Third Monday in February
Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
Independence Day – July 4
Labor Day – First Monday in September
Columbus Day – Second Monday in October
Veterans Day – November 11
Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas day – December 25
NOTE Holidays that fall on Sunday are observed on the following Monday. Holidays that fall on Saturdays are observed on the preceding Friday.
State Verification Exchange System (SVES) Definition
A system required by federal regulation. SVES is used to ensure that federally funded public assistance and unemployment agencies complete the following:
Accurate eligibility determinations
Issue correct benefits
This is accomplished by exchanging information and obtaining information from the following:
Base Wage (UI)
Internal Revenue Service
SSA
Unemployment Insurance