William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe get close after having their photo taken with their marriage certificate May 21,at Philadelphia City Hall. Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. InMassachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, found Section 3 of DOMA—the part of the law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman—to be unconstitutional.
The ban has now been lifted since the US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of marriage equality. And with marriage equality for all, that means that all 13 states that previously upheld bans on gay marriage have now been legally enforced to reverse them.
Shante Wolfe, left, and Tori Sisson become the first same-sex couple to file their marriage license in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 9, July 9, - Judge Joseph Tauro of Massachusetts rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it interferes with a state's right to define marriage.
United States federal and state case law regarding same-sex marriage:.
FEC Williams-Yulee v. Stanglin Hurley v. United States Bowen v. Pittsburgh Comm'n on Human Relations Bigelow v. In each case, trial courts sided with the plaintiffs, but the U.
McRae Thomas v. In the early 21st century, however, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism all spoke with more than one voice on this issue. I believe that the First Amendment protects my freedom of religion.