On June 26, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that all gay couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry in every state! And with marriage equality for all, that means that all 13 states that previously upheld bans on gay marriage have now been legally enforced to reverse them. It's been a little more than 11 years since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. And before today, 36 other states as well as the District of Columbia followed suit, striking down bans on same-sex marriage and awarding gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.
Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California
Supreme Court Extends Gay-Marriage Rights With Two Rulings : NPR
Same-sex marriage is legal in the U. The state first issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples June 16, as a result of the Supreme Court of California finding in In re Marriage Cases that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the state's Constitution. The issuance of such licenses was halted from November 5, through June 27, though existing same-sex marriages continued to be valid due to the passage of Proposition 8 —a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. Perry , which restored the effect of a federal district court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. Constitution in Perry v. The case, known as Perry v. Brown in the Ninth Circuit, was appealed to the U.
State's top court strikes down marriage ban
It tossed a highly emotional issue into the election year while opening the way for tens of thousands of gay people to wed in California, starting as early as mid-June. The majority opinion, by Chief Justice Ronald M. The initiative would amend the state Constitution to prohibit same-sex unions. The campaign over that measure began within minutes of the decision. But Gov.
The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in California on June 26, , allowing all same-sex couples in California the ability to marry once and for all. History and the Path to Victory: August 17, The California Legislature passes a state statute restricting marriage to different-sex couples. Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill into law. March 8, Marriage opponents push through Proposition 22, a ballot initiative concerning a state statute restricting marriage to different-sex couples.