Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is the marriage of people of the same sex or gender. In , a same-sex couple in Minnesota applied for a marriage license and was denied. The case was brought to the Minnesota Supreme Court and brought the question of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples to the public attention. Unfortunately, many of these early cases were unsuccessful.
UUs celebrate legalization of gay marriage in Vermont and Iowa | UU World Magazine
A significant cultural shift appears to be under way in the US in favour of same-sex marriages, with two landmark decisions over the past week and eight states poised to vote on bills later this year. Gay campaigners are celebrating a vote in the Vermont legislature yesterday and an Iowa supreme court ruling last week, bringing to four the number of states where same-sex marriages are legal. The mood contrasts with the despondency in November when the public in California overturned a brief period in which same-sex marriages were allowed and voted for a definition of marriage as being only between a man and woman. Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of the New York-based Freedom to Marry organisation, described the events of the last week as wonderful and said the dynamic has been changing, with the public coming to see gay people in a different way. The presidency of George Bush was marked by social conservatism, often based on the agenda of the Christian right, but the victory of Barack Obama in November has coincided with an apparent rejection of much of that agenda in favour of greater liberalisation. Up until last week, only two states recognised same-sex marriages: Connecticut and Massachusetts. Many other states accept civil unions but not marriage.
Moves to legalise gay marriage in Vermont and Iowa signal cultural shift
T he freedom to marry feels inevitable in Nearly 72 percent of Americans live in a state that views same-sex relationships as equal to opposite-sex ones. But how did we get here? Bonauto, the journey began in the s.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the U. Vermont was the first state to introduce civil unions in July , and the first state to introduce same-sex marriage by enacting a statute without being required to do so by a court decision. Either by legislation or court decisions, Vermont was a leader among U. In , it was one of the first states to enact hate crimes legislation that included sexual orientation.