April 26: The husband of U.S. Representative, June 26: The Supreme Court issues a 5–4 decision in, June 28: Following the Supreme Court's decision in. April 6: The First Circuit Court of Appeals overrules Judge Perez-Gimenez Puerto Rico decision saying it "errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where to begin". In 2018, the marriage rate in the United States stood at 6.5 per 1,000 people of the population. 2003: Goodridge v. June 17: In California, county clerks begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court in Hawaii rules that banning same-sex couple marriage violates Hawaii Constitution's ban on sex discrimination, and may only be supported if the prevention is warranted by a compelling reason. Nebraska voters approve a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, 2002 - Nevada votes to approve a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, 2003 - A proposed amendment to the federal Constitution is introduced to the House of Representatives. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. §14-2-109.5) 1973 - Maryland becomes the first state to ban same-sex marriage, 1976 - a non-church sanctioned gay wedding makes news. The proposed constitutional amendment with the same-sex ban dies in the U.S. Senate after testimony against it from conservative politicians. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. 2014 - Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and South Carolina legalize same-sex marriage. November 3: Voters in Alaska approve a state, December 9: The Supreme Court of Hawaii in, November 5: Voters in Nevada approve a state, February 4: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, responding to a query from the state Senate, issues an opinion that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry and that a designation like, February 27: Several same-sex couples are wed in. The states of Maryland, Washington, and Maine become the first states in the U.S. where the public voted to legalize same-sex marriage. 1973 - Maryland becomes the first state to ban same-sex marriage, 1976 - a non-church sanctioned gay wedding makes news. December 3: A Hawaii trial court holds that no compelling interests support Hawaii's statute limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. Shortly afterward her sitcom character says “I’m gay” - inadvertently speaking into an airport public address... 1998. Wyoming bans same-sex marriage by statute. 2014 - Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and South Carolina legalize same-sex marriage. Virginia enacts a statute that says "A marriage between persons of the same sex is prohibited.". The U.S. Supreme Court decides a case that allows for same-sex marriage in 5 states (VA, OK, UT, WI, and IN) but declines to make a blanket statement for all states. 1992 - same-sex employees begin to receive domestic partner benefits from Levi Strauss & Co. and the state of Mass. Portland, Oregon also begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In 1996 no compelling reason is found, but later in 1998 before the Hawaii Supreme Court can make a final ruling, voters alter the state Constitution to allow the state's legislature to restrict marriage to only men and women. 2011 - President Obama declares DOMA unconstitutional. Vermont's legislature legalizes same-sex marriages. May Resonate Nationwide", "California Court Nullifies Same-Sex Marriages", "Baptist Press - 78-22%: Louisiana passes const. September 1: The Republican National Convention adopts a platform that "laments that judges are ... undermining traditional marriage laws", endorses the. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. The United States Supreme Court overturns proposition 8 in the state of California, resulting in the re-introduction of legal same-sex marriages in California. The Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell' policy is revoked. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. Any comments, suggestions, or requests to republish or adapt a guide should be submitted using the, https://guides.ll.georgetown.edu/civilrights, A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Non-Violent Demonstrations, National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, The 1990s, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and DOMA. 619.756.6155 September 15: A group of Democratic members of the House of Representatives led by. 2015 - The U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states in. 1973. This guide offers a history of various movements by citizens in the United States to gain political and social freedom and equality.