Phyllis Siegel right kisses her wife, Connie Kopelov, after the two exchanged vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. The couple were the first same-sex pair to tie the knot in New York City after the state's Marriage Equality Act went into effect on July This year was an extraordinary one for many things — especially gay rights.
Washington CNN In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Washington state since December 6, On February 13,Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation that established full marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state of Washington. Opponents mounted a challenge that required voters to approve the statute at a referendumwhich they did on November 6.
February 24, — For Maryland same-sex couples like Erin and Kat McGonigle, getting legally hitched required a short trip across the state line. Though Maryland recognizes their out-of-state marriage, the two said they wish they could have avoided the trip. If that happens, couples like the McGonigles will no longer have to trek across the state line to marry.
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In Alabama, a same-sex marriage fight is upon us. Last month, a federal judge struck down the state's law against the unions. It's unclear how the state's 68 probate judges will react.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the District of Columbia since December 18,when Mayor Adrian Fenty signed a bill passed by the Council of the District of Columbia on December 15, Following the signing, the measure entered a mandatory Congressional review of 30 work days. Marriage licenses became available on March 3,and marriages began on March 9,
ALBANY — Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriagemaking New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born. The marriage bill, whose fate was uncertain until moments before the vote, was approved 33 to 29 in a packed but hushed Senate chamber. Four members of the Republican majority joined all but one Democrat in the Senate in supporting the measure after an intense and emotional campaign aimed at the handful of lawmakers wrestling with a decision that divided their friends, their constituents and sometimes their own homes. With his position still undeclared, Senator Mark J.
Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. The decision, which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the countrythe first same-sex marriages in several states, and resistance — or at least stalling — in others.