Retrieved March 28, District Court judge ruled in Lawson v. The Pacific island of Guam was set to be the first U. Connecticut becomes the second state to approve same-sex unions. University Of Chicago Press. Passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by the Governor of Minnesota.
December 20, - The Vermont Supreme Court rules that gay and lesbian couples should be given the same rights as heterosexual couples.
A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States
On May 15,the Supreme Court of California issued a decision that legalized same-sex marriage in California, holding that California's existing opposite-sex definition of marriage violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples. Marriages become legal in Iowa on April 27, However, 18, such marriages performed before Proposition 8 will remain valid. The District of Columbia also recognized same-sex marriage. Archived from the original on February 14, The next year, the National Coalition of Gay Organizations called for the repeal of all statutes limiting marriage to different-sex couples and for extending the legal benefits of marriage to all cohabiting couples. District Court of Northern California.
Cooper on October 10,struck down North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, citing the Fourth Circuit's ruling in Bostic v. Retrieved June 28, State statutes outlining protection for clergy, religious groups and others from being required to solemnize marriages. Barack Obama's views on same-sex marriage varied over the course of his political career and became more consistently supportive of same-sex marriage rights over time. District Court for the District of Nevada 's ruling.