Timeline provided by Stateline. Hawaii Supreme Court rules the state must show a compelling reason to ban same-sex marriage and orders a lower court to hear a case seeking the right of same-sex couples to marry. Utah Gov.
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Reuters - Twelve of the 50 U. The U. Supreme Court was expected on Wednesday to issue rulings in two major cases relating to gay marriage.
Both legislative bodies are controlled by Democrats. But the political dynamic on the issue shifted after Governor Christine Gregoire, a Democrat in her final year in office, announced last month she was backing the gay marriage bill. The vote was greeted with raucous cheers from gay couples and their supporters, and with determined looks from opponents.
Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons.
The first lawsuits involving same-sex marriage started in the s, bringing the question of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples to public attention. Many of these lawsuits were unsuccessful. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon become the first gay couple to marry and receive official recognition after being together for 50 years.
Both of them knew what she'd been summoned there to discuss, and Roberts didn't waste any time. President," she said, "are you still opposed to same-sex marriage? Obama was ready for the question.
It is only fitting to end this timeline with the following quote from that decision:. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.
On a night in which America elected its first minority president, California narrowly approved a ban on same-sex marriage, dashing the hopes of homosexuals who hoped the state would open the door for same-sex nuptials across the country. The ban does not affect same-sex civil unions that grant all the privileges and rights of marriage. Following the May supreme court decision, anti-gay activists pushed hard to the amendment's passage, noting that California often sets national trends on cultural and political matters.