The following states will ban gay marriage by the end of 2016, according to a new report from The Advocate, an LGBT rights advocacy group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has already reported that the Republican-controlled state of Georgia will allow religious leaders to deny services to gay couples, a move that would likely trigger the same bans as New Jersey.
But the new report shows that four other states—Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee—will also be among the most pro-gay-marriage states in 2016.
The states are all heavily populated by conservative Evangelical Christians, who make up a majority of the country’s population.
According to The Advocate report, those four states will all allow for a “marriage license” for same-sex couples who are unmarried or who have children of their own.
A marriage license is a legal document issued by a county clerk’s office or a judge’s office to confirm the validity of a marriage.
The name of the couple will be engraved on the document.
The state will not allow gay couples to wed or adopt children, which is what many religious conservatives consider sinful.
In a statement to the AP, a spokesman for Georgia’s Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, said the state will allow for “civil unions” and “marriage certificates” to “serve the same purpose as marriage licenses, which will allow married couples to marry.”
But Kobach said the bill will allow the clerk of a county to determine who gets to serve on a civil union, and that same-day marriage will be permitted in that county.
Kobach’s office did not immediately respond to The New York Times’ request for comment.
The Associated Press did not receive a response to a request for comments.