Majority of these states made gay marriage legal in the year two thousand and thirteen. Massachusetts was the first state to allow gay marriage in two thousand and three. Ever since then states have slowly began to disregard the laws against gay marriage and take a stand and become individual, allowing gay marriage. In November of twenty thirteen, Illinois became the sixteenth state to allow same sex marriage (Nicks). The governor signed a legislation stating that gay marriage will be legal in the state of Illinois and that it will take effect in June of two thousand-fourteen.
The gay population seems to feel more strongly on this battle. On November 18, 2003, Massachusetts legalized civil marriages. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in a 4-3 favor that same sex couples can marry, saying that same- and opposite-sex couples must be given equal civil marriage rights under the state constitution. Massachusetts is the first state in the country to legalize gay marriage, but not the first place in the world. The Netherlands legalized gay marriage on April 1, 2001, being the first country in the world to do so.
In 1996, democratic President Bill Clinton contently signed The Defense of Marriage Act into federal law; Americans were decidedly against same-sex marriage. Sixteen years later, as the opposition against the gay agenda falls like dominoes and Midwestern states like Minnesota legalize same-sex marriage, gay characters and storylines on network television deserves most of the credit for shifting America’s view. Think back to 1997, one year after DOMA was signed, the year Ellen DeGeneres declared to the world, “I’m gay,” during her ABC show Ellen, making her the first openly gay character on primetime TV. In fact, Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out was one of the most defining moments of 1997. The episode in which Ellen came out, titled “The Puppy Episode,” was the highest-rated episode of the show.
The state of Arizona had put a ban on same sex marriage in 2008 with Proposition 102. That amendment had passed with 56% in favor and 44% that was against the proposition (Wikipedia). However, on October 17, 2014, the U.S District Court Judge, John Sedwick had struck down a 1996 law. He declared the ban on same sex marriage as unconstitutional and would not appeal the ruling either. That meant that same sex couples were allowed to immediately marry in the state of Arizona (Freedom to Marry, October 2014).
The Vermont law marked the first time gay marriage was legalized as the result of a statue rather than a court ruling. By the end of May 2009, two other state legislatures, those in Maine and New Hampshire, followed suit, bringing the total number of states that allow same-sex marriages to six. In June 2009, President Barak Obama granted family medical leave and certain other benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers. (The presidential memorandum did not include health insurance coverage, which would require congressional approval). Many supporters of ... ... middle of paper ... ...gay marriage legal.
In 2013 three states joined in on legalizing same sex marriage. California is once again allowing the union of homosexual couples after the California Supreme court ruled that the defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. Hawaii was added to the list after a long time coming of hopes and dreams of many. The paradise state was one of the first to advocate that it was going to legalize same sex marriage and have finally come through. The most recent addition to this revolution however, is Illinois which is the sixteenth state to announce its legalization.
Marriage is not an option for Sam and Alex in the state where they live. Because they are gay, they are unable to legalize their relationship in 48 of the 50 states. The issue of gay marriage is a very controversial subject in the late 1990's. Recently, Hawaii and California legalized the marriage of gay individuals, with Vermont not far behind. Proponents of this measure feel that this current movement toward recognition of same sex relationships has been a long time coming.
I feel that all fifty states in the U.S. should allow same-sex marriages. Only in the states of, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, California, along with the District of Columbia are gay couples allowed to marry. There are more states that allow first cousins to marry. Same-sex marriage is very important with gay couples and activists in today's society. One of the main reasons is that the primary purpose of marriage is procreation.
citizens would not be discriminated due to race, gender, or religion. To this day, seventy-two percent of Americans think there is a religious influence within the government (Jost 937). There has been religious objections to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the government (Jost 937,940). The Supreme Court of America refused to hear one last legal attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to overturn a federal judge 's ruling allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon. The high court 's action came nearly a year after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane of Eugene on May 19, 2014, struck down Oregon 's voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.
The history of gay marriage spans decades, even centuries of undocumented ceremonies and commitments. While I would like to delve into the long history, I must stick to modern accounting of gay marriage and government’s role in this record keeping. Denmark became a trailblazing country, leading the way for the concept of registering same-sex couples in what we know as a civil union. This pioneering country voted on a law to register domestic partnership of gay couples on May 26, 1989. The law went into force on October 1, 1989.