Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional. In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The ruling , in which Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote , means the number of states where gay marriage is legal will rise — albeit after some stalling — from 37 to Four liberal justices and Kennedy rejected claims made by lawyers during the legal argument in April that marriage was defined by law solely to encourage procreation within stable family units — and therefore could only meaningfully apply to men and women. Crucially, the majority ruling argues that the court has frequently exercised jurisdiction over the definition of marriage in previous cases and is not overstepping its constitutional role by intervening now. The crowd outside the court — indeed, across the country — erupted in joy after the ruling was handed down, with many longtime campaigners crying tears of joy and embracing their partners.
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Two women have married in what is believed to be the UK's first gay wedding held in a church. The law allowed same-sex couples to marry on 29 March, but this was the first ceremony to be conducted in a religious building, the MCC said. The Rev Dwayne Morgan, who officiated at the ceremony, said the church had taken pride in celebrating diversity and called it a historic day. Burden and Tipper, who have attended MCC for 15 years, said they were surprised to discover their wedding was a first. The church, based in the suburb of Pokesdown, was registered for same-sex marriages when the recent changes in the law took effect at the end of March. Burden added: "As it's been approved since 29 March, we assumed there had already been others who had taken advantage. Unfortunately it shows the lack of effective ministry by most churches to gay people in so many ways.
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Same-sex marriage in Germany has been recognized since 1 October A bill for legalisation passed the Bundestag on 30 June and the Bundesrat on 7 July. Previously, from until , registered life partnerships German : Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft [a] had been available for same-sex couples. The benefits granted by these partnerships were gradually extended by the Federal Constitutional Court German : Bundesverfassungsgericht throughout several rulings until they provided for most but not all of the rights of marriage. The act granted a number of rights enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples.