1, Maryland becomes the first state to pass a statute banning same-sex marriages. May 5, Hawaii Supreme Court rules that. For more than a decade, the battle over same-sex marriage and other rights for gay couples has been hard fought in U.S. courts and. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while See a timeline highlighting changes in state policies from
21 (CNA) Taiwan's Cabinet approved a draft bill Thursday to allow same-sex marriage, in the latest attempt to create Asia's first gay marriage. Read CNN's Fast Facts on same-sex marriage and learn more about gay marriage legislation around the world. US Timeline: September For more than a decade, the battle over same-sex marriage and other rights for gay couples has been hard fought in U.S. courts and.
21 (CNA) Taiwan's Cabinet approved a draft bill Thursday to allow same-sex marriage, in the latest attempt to create Asia's first gay marriage. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while See a timeline highlighting changes in state policies from For more than a decade, the battle over same-sex marriage and other rights for gay couples has been hard fought in U.S. courts and.
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Chris Christie. March 1, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signs law legalizing gay marriage, if voters go along in November. May 9, President Obama becomes the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage. The case, Windsor v. United Stateseventually will reach the Supreme Court. MarchSex Court hears oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perrythe challenge to the Proposition 8 ruling, and United States v. Windsorthe challenge to DOMA. May 2, Rhode Island Gov.
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The ruling is later appealed to the Supreme Court. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit strikes down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, paving the way for similar rulings in Alaska, Arizona and Montana. The cases are later appealed to the Supreme Court. District Judge Karen Baker strikes down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban, now on appeal.
District Judge Carlton Reeves strikes down Mississippi's gay marriage ban, now on appeal. District Judge Callie Granade strikes down Alabama's gay marriage ban but blocks the ruling from taking effect for weeks. The state's petition for an appeal was not granted.
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Washington state says yes to same-sex marriage in a court decision while the California Supreme Court voids same-sex marriages. Several states pass initiatives to ban same-sex marriages. California's legislature attempts to pass a law legalizing same-sex unions but it is vetoed by the governor.
Connecticut becomes the second state to approve same-sex unions. This leads to California voters approving a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Florida and Arizona voters do the same. Vermont's legislature legalizes same-sex marriages. Maine and New Hampshire follow suit, though Maine voters later repeal the state law allowing same-sex marriage.
New York legalizes same-sex marriage. Washington state, Maine, and Maryland legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. It also decides the Prop 8 defenders lack standing, clearing the way for same-sex unions to be legalized in California. The IRS recognizes same-sex married couples. Utah's same-sex marriage ban is found unconstitutional. The Presbyterian church votes to allow same-sex ceremonies.
Supreme Court makes same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states in Obergefell v. Source: minnesota. Source: msnbc. Democracy Now! Helene Faasen and Anne-Marie Thus take part in the world's first legal gay marriage ceremony. Source: Associated Press, Apr. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
Res 56 The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in a ruling held that "barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution Marshall for the majority Justices. Source: Associated Press, Feb. Human Rights Campaign hrc.
Source: boston. Dick Cheney with his openly gay daughter Mary Cheney. Source: dailycaller. Note: Click here to see a recap of those 11 measures. Can't Ban Gay Marriage," ap.
An opponent and supporter of California's Proposition 8. Source: latimesblogs. Gay marriage proponents rally in San Francisco after Proposition 8 is upheld. Source: bpnews. Although the court split on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the justices were unanimous in deciding to keep intact the marriages of as many as 18, gay couples who exchanged vows before the election.
The marriages began last June, after a state high court ruling striking down the marriage ban last May Even with the court upholding Proposition 8, a key portion of the court's May 15, , decision remains intact. Sexual orientation will continue to receive the strongest constitutional protection possible when California courts consider cases of alleged discrimination.
The California Supreme Court is the only state high court in the nation to have elevated sexual orientation to the status of race and gender in weighing discrimination claims. Los Angeles Times "Prop. Horton, Tyler v. State of California, and County of San Francisco v. Horton KB. Schwarzenegger KB. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs the same-sex mariage bill into law. Source: nytimes. Associated Press AP "Md.
Source: theguardian. In Minnesota, in another first, voters rejected a proposal to amend the State Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, a measure that has been enshrined in the constitutions of 30 states. A state law barring same-sex marriage remains on the books there, but with the defeat of the amendment, the door remains open to change by the legislature or the courts.
Source: bostonglobe. Reuters "Hawaii Becomes 15th U. State to Legalize Gay Marriage," reuters. Source: ap. A gay marriage advocate displays a rainbow flag outside the US Supreme Court. Source: politico. Bloomberg "U. Leader to Marry Same-Sex Partner," nytimes. It follows that the Court also must hold—and it now does hold—that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character….
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.
As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.
Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. Obergefell v. Hodges , majority decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, June 26, In doing so, they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.
This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. It will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether their marriage, legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move or even visit another…. I know that Americans of good will continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue.
Opposition, in some cases, has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs. June 12, - Ecuador Legalizes Gay Marriage. The first same-sex weddings in Northern Ireland are set to take place in February The new legislation says the Westminster government must bring in regulations to provide for same-sex marriage by 13 January Because couples have to indicate their intention to marry 28 days before doing so - the first gay weddings are expected to be held in the week of Valentine's Day.
Proper citation depends on your preferred or required style manual. Here are the proper bibliographic citations for this page according to four style manuals in alphabetical order :. Skip to content. Reporters wrote about what Fortunato and Schwandt called a holy union, which was controversial not because there was talk of legalizing gay marriage but because the two men publicly ask for -- and were denied -- the blessing of the Episcopal Church.
Despite Sharon's wishes to be cared for by Karen, Sharon's parents refused Karen full access or input into her care. Karen Thompson became a key spokesperson for lesbian and gay couples' rights. Karen's case was won in At the outset only city employees could register, and the program offered only dental insurance coverage and leave benefits to city employees, but within a year Berkeley began including medical insurance benefits as well. July - Court Rulings Define Same-Sex Couples as Families "The New York State Court of Appeals declares that a lesbian or gay couple living together for a least ten years can be considered a family for purposes of rent control protection, the first time a state's highest court rules that a gay couple can be called a family The California Bar Association urges that lesbian and gay marriage be legally recognized and in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities, 'partners' regulations extending certain protections and rights to unmarried couples, straight and gay, are adopted.
May 7, - Hawaii Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriages "Hawaii Supreme Court rules the state cannot deny same-sex couples the right to marry unless it finds 'a compelling reason' to do so, and orders the issue back to the state legislature. Hawaii lawmakers pass amendment banning gay marriages.
Mike Leavitt R signs into law the first state Defense of Marriage statute, which stipulates that Utah does not have to recognize out-of-state marriages that violate state public policy. Source: biography. Called 'Reciprocal Beneficiaries,' these benefits cover less than 60 items the law seems to be ambiguous on the exact number and are offered only through certain businesses, some of which complained that the state has no business dictating employee policies.
The Hawaii attorney general declared that she would not enforce the requirement for private employers to offer benefits. Alaska's measure goes one step beyond Hawaii's measure, by amending the constitution to limit marriage to 'exist only between one man and one woman. Whether this ultimately takes the form of inclusion within the marriage laws themselves or a parallel 'domestic partnership' system or some equivalent statutory alternative, rests with the Legislature Whatever system is chosen, however, must conform with the constitutional imperative to afford all Vermonters the common benefit, protection, and security of the law Source: thecitizenscampaign.
Voters first approved the ban in , but state law requires a majority vote in two consecutive election years to amend the constitution. Supreme Court [in a decision] strikes down Texas sodomy state law banning private consensual sex between adults of the same sex. The court found that law and others like it violated the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. But legal analysts said the ruling enshrines for the first time a broad constitutional right to sexual privacy.
July 31, - Vatican Begins Campaign Against Same-Sex Marriage "The Vatican has launched a global campaign against gay marriages, warning Catholic politicians that support of same-sex unions is 'gravely immoral. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law,' the page document by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said Thursday [July 31, ]. After the ruling, the number of co-sponsors has nearly quadrupled to The survey also found presidential candidates could face a backlash if they support gay marriage or civil unions This historic legislation, authored by Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg D-Los Angeles and sponsored by EQCA [Equality California], provides domestic partners with almost all of the same rights and responsibilities as spouses in a civil marriage.
New Mexico law defines marriage as a contract between contracting parties but does not mention gender. Sheila Kuehl D-Santa Monica presided over the marriages of six couples who have long been active in the gay and lesbian community, including Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg. In back-to-back ceremonies on the steps of the City Hall rotunda, Kuehl, California's first openly gay state legislator, pronounced her close friends and political colleagues married to tears and shouts of jubilation.
A slightly larger majority also rejected amending the U. Constitution to ban same-sex marriages in favor of allowing states to make their own laws, an increase of 8 percentage points in recent weeks.
The hearing would be held later this spring A Superior Court hearing has been scheduled for Mar. If the state Supreme Court does not intervene, a final resolution to the legal challenges could take at least a year. If the case is permitted to go to trial, San Francisco officials said in their brief, the city will present evidence that 'relegating same-sex relationships to inferior, second-class status severely stigmatizes gay men, lesbians and their families.
The initiative came less than two months after U. Secretary General Kofi Annan moved to award benefits to partners of gay employees who come from countries where such benefits are provided, such as Belgium and the Netherlands The United Nations has recognized polygamy, a common practice in the Islamic world, as a legitimate form of marriage and permits employees to divide their benefits among more than one wife.
But the decision to expand that right to same-sex partners has fueled intense opposition But conservative critics said the secretary general's decision represents an unwelcome assault on conservative values, and they vowed to take the fight to the U.
Human Rights Commission in Geneva in the coming weeks. The last marriage licenses were handed out in Benton County at 4 p. As of Wednesday, officials in the county of 79, people will begin telling couples applying for licenses to go elsewhere until the gay marriage debate is settled. April 14, U. District Judge Timothy Black says Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
May 9, Arkansas Circuit Judge Chris Piazza strikes down the state's gay marriage ban, and more than couples receive licenses until the ruling is put on hold a week later. May 13, U. Magistrate Candy Dale strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban, but the ruling is put on hold. May 19, U. District Judge Michael McShane strikes down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, and the state does not appeal.
May 20, U. District Judge John Jones strikes down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban, and the state does not appeal. June 6, U. District Judge Barbara Crabb strikes down Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban; couples marry for a week until the decision is put on hold pending appeal. June 25, U. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upholds the ruling against Utah's gay marriage ban, but the ruling is blocked pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.
District Judge Richard Young strikes down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban, and couples begin marrying that afternoon. July 1, The Kentucky court ruling on out-of-state marriages is expanded to legalize all gay marriages in the state, but it's delayed while on appeal.
July 9, Colorado District Judge Scott Crabtree strikes down the state's gay marriage ban, and the ruling is appealed to the state Supreme Court. Weeks later, a federal district judge also rules against the gay marriage ban, and the state appeals. July 17, U. District Judge Robert Hinkle strikes down Florida's same-sex marriage ban following several similar rulings by state and county judges.
All the rulings have been appealed. July 18, U. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upholds lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the case is appealed to the Supreme Court. July 28, U. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upholds a trial court ruling that struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban. The state later appeals to the Supreme Court. District Judge Martin Feldman upholds Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban, becoming the first judge to buck the gay marriage trend in nearly two years.
Same-sex couples appeal the ruling. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upholds decisions from Indiana and Wisconsin that struck down those states' gay marriage bans. The ruling is later appealed to the Supreme Court. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit strikes down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, paving the way for similar rulings in Alaska, Arizona and Montana.