Defining generations: Where Millennials end and Generation Z begins. April 29, January 7, Thus, prohibiting a specific group from the full rights of marriage was illegally discriminatory.
In the ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal justices. Metro Weekly. Early in the Supreme Courts of two states— California and Connecticut —struck down state laws limiting marriage to the union between a man and a woman. Joshua Gunter, right, and Bryan Shields attend a Las Vegas rally to celebrate an appeals court ruling that overturned Nevada's same-sex marriage ban on October 7, The United States Census Bureau has collected data on unmarried same-sex households since June 24, - The New York Senate votes to legalize same-sex marriage.
By the early 21st century, several jurisdictions, both at the national and subnational levels, had legalized same-sex marriage; in other jurisdictions, constitutional measures were adopted to prevent same-sex marriages from being sanctioned, or laws were enacted that refused to recognize such marriages performed elsewhere.
In other words, partnerships involving sexual intimacy should have at least a notional potential for procreation. November 20, - Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.
Photos: Same-sex marriage in the U.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette files an emergency request for Judge Friedman's order to be stayed and appealed. Scholars and the general public became increasingly interested in the issue during the late 20th century, a period when attitudes toward homosexuality and laws regulating homosexual behaviour were liberalized, particularly in western Europe and the United States.
Accessed 30 November July 9, - A state judge in Colorado strikes down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage.