June 26 marks the fifth anniversary of gay marriage being legalized across the entire United States. To commemorate this milestone in LGBTQ history, we are taking a look at countries around the world that have officially legalized same-sex marriage. Below is a timeline for the 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal. The year marks when the law was first enacted in that country. The country became the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage law in the United States by state
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In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States. In , just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota. Clerk Gerald Nelson rejected their application because they were a same-sex couple, and a trial court upheld his decision. When the couple appealed again, the U.
Vermont becomes 4th state to allow gay marriage
Hodges making same-sex marriage the law of the land, most states still have outdated laws on their books like the ones Virginia just repealed. Indiana is one of those states, though an attempt to remove its gay marriage ban was unsuccessful last month in the Republican-controlled state Legislature. In fact, GOP opposition to its removal derailed legislation seeking to raise the legal age to marry in the state from 15 to Only a male may marry a female. Matt Pierce, a Democrat, said in defense of the amendment.
In the landmark decision, the majority of justices ruled that states must license same-sex marriages and also recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. Each filed their own dissenting opinion. The decision upholds the Fourteenth Amendment that requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state, according to the court document. The Constitution grants them that right," the majority wrote.