A couple aim to become the first to marry in a same-sex ceremony conducted just one minute after the wedding becomes legal in England and Wales. John Coffey and his partner, Bernardo Marti, who live in Pimlico, central London, are booking a slot at one minute past midnight on 29 March with Westminster city council — the day after gay marriages are recognised in law. Coffey, 52, a television producer and director, and Marti, 47, a brand stylist for a gardening business, said they hoped to make history twice by becoming not only the first same-sex couple to wed but also to do so in a double ceremony with friends who are straight. In my mind, that will be a true symbol of equality — a straight wedding and a gay wedding at the same time," said Coffey. They said: 'You're the first and we'd be happy to do it. Then when the whole thing about gay marriage came in.
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Obergefell v. Hodges , U. The 5—4 ruling requires all fifty states , the District of Columbia , and the Insular Areas to perform and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples on the same terms and conditions as the marriages of opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities. Between January and February , plaintiffs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee filed federal district court cases that culminated in Obergefell v. After all district courts ruled for the plaintiffs, the rulings were appealed to the Sixth Circuit.
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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.
Little happens by accident in the Obama White House, or the Obama reelection campaign for that matter -- if there even is a difference between the two. And the dramatic decision by the president to come out Wednesday in support of same-sex marriage is no exception. Contrary to what many in the news media would have us believe, the decision was carefully planned and timed. One thing it was not: It was not the forced result of public pressure coming from others in his administration, starting with Vice President Biden.