Retrieved June 9, Number of marriages in the United States in [a] by state and D. After the state legislature passed the measure, Governor Jim Douglas vetoed it. That decision was met by actions at both the federal and state level to restrict marriage to male-female couples, notably the enactment at the federal level of the Defense of Marriage Act. Friedman found Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat Civil rights campaigning in support of marriage without distinction as to sex or sexual orientation began in the s.
The NAACPthe leading African-American civil rights organization, has pledged its support for gay rights and same-sex marriage, stating that they "support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution", and has declared that same-sex marriage is a civil right.
Same-sex marriage in the United States
That decision was met by actions at both the federal and state level to restrict marriage to male-female couples, notably the enactment at the federal level of the Defense of Marriage Act. Inthe U. In May Moore was charged with ethics violations by the state Judicial Inquiry Commission for the ruling,  subsequently being suspended from the bench for the remainder of his term on September 30 of that year. The Constitution grants them that right. The decision prompts the state to enact a law in allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions. Retrieved September 24, Retrieved October 14,
Retrieved December 20, Washington state, Maine, and Maryland legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. Since mid, six states have approved gay marriage laws by passing laws in state legislatures and three states by ballot initiatives. Supreme Court was expected on Wednesday to issue rulings in two major cases relating to gay marriage. The most prominent supporters of same-sex marriage are human rights and civil rights organizations as well as the medical and scientific communities, while the most prominent opponents are religious groups.