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Gay Marriage in the United States

  • President Clinton signs Defense of Marriage Act

    President Clinton signs Defense of Marriage Act
    Defense of Marriage Act upholds states' rights to ban same-sex marriages and to refuse to recognize such marriages performed elsewhere.
  • Voters in Alaska and Hawaii approve state Constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage

    Voters in Alaska and Hawaii approve state Constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage
    Hawaii's vote allows the state legislature to define marriage.
  • Vermont approves same-sex civil unions

    Vermont approves same-sex civil unions
    Vermont approves the creation of same-sex civil unions, thus entitling gay couples to rights and benefits normally available to married couples.
  • Nebraska voters move to ban gay marriage

    Nebraska voters move to ban gay marriage
    November vote passes initiative by 70%. Nebraska will swing back and forth on this issue for the next decade.
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court rules to recognize same-sex marriage

    Massachusetts Supreme Court rules to recognize same-sex marriage
    Court rules the state constitution guarantees equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
  • President Bush supports federal amendment banning gay marriage

    President Bush supports federal amendment banning gay marriage
    Bush announces support for federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
  • Massachusetts Legislature votes to return to civil unions

    Massachusetts Legislature votes to return to civil unions
    Massachusetts Legislature votes to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage but allow civil unions.
  • Voter referendums in 13 states pass banning same-sex marriage

    Voter referendums in 13 states  pass banning same-sex marriage
    Voters in 13 states - Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah - approve constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage
  • Kansas voters move to ban same-sex marriage

    Kansas voters move to ban same-sex marriage
  • Nebraska federal judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Nebraska federal judge strikes down gay marriage ban
    U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said the ban "imposes significant burdens on both the expressive and intimate associational rights" of gays.
  • Nebraska court re-instates same-sex marriage ban

    Nebraska court re-instates same-sex marriage ban
    This ban also barred same-sex couples from many legal protections afforded to heterosexual couples: Partners of gays and lesbians who work for the state are not entitled to share their health insurance and other benefits
  • Seven states ban gay marriage

    Seven states ban gay marriage
    Voters in seven states - Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin - approve constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
  • Arizona voters oppose amendment banning marriage

    Arizona voters oppose amendment banning marriage
    Arizona becomes the first state where voters move against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and other benefits for unmarried couples.
  • Massachusetts Legislature blocks initiative to ban same-sex marriage

    Massachusetts Legislature blocks initiative to ban same-sex marriage
  • MD Supreme Court rules gays do not have constitutional right to marriage

    MD Supreme Court rules gays do not have constitutional right to marriage
  • California Supreme Court declares gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    California Supreme Court rules the existing state same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
  • Calif. Supreme Court passes gay marriage

    Calif. Supreme Court passes gay marriage
    California Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, rules that the state constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.
  • Connecticut Supreme Court strikes down ban on same-sex marriage

    Connecticut Supreme Court strikes down ban on same-sex marriage
  • California voters pass Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage

    California voters pass Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage
  • Iowa Supreme Court rules to allow same-sex marriage

    Iowa Supreme Court rules to allow same-sex marriage
    Court rules unanimously that a state law limiting marriage to a man and a woman is unconstitutional.
  • Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage by legislative vote over governor's veto

    Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage by legislative vote over governor's veto
    Vermont override the governor's veto to make their state the first to legalize same-sex marriage by a legislative vote.
  • D.C. Council votes to recognize gay marriages performed in other states

    D.C. Council votes to recognize gay marriages performed in other states
    WaPo videoMayor Fenty signs, now pending review by Congress.
  • Maine governor signs gay marriage legislation (immediate challenge)

    Maine governor signs gay marriage legislation (immediate challenge)
    Maine's governor signs gay marriage legislation. Opponents immediately file papers seeking a referendum in which voters could overturn the law.