First state gay marriage
The history of same-sex marriage in the United States dates from the early s, when the first lawsuits seeking legal recognition of same-sex relationships brought the question of civil marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples to public attention though they proved unsuccessful. Miike that suggested the possibility that the state's prohibition might be unconstitutional. 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. The first legal same-sex marriage ceremony in the United States happened on February 12, , when mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom ordered city hall to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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Nevada becomes first state to protect same-sex marriage in its constitution
States across U.S. still cling to outdated gay marriage bans
The New York Times reports that The Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, brought marriage equality to every U. Since the majority of states still have same-sex marriage bans on the books, Nevada's move could be seen as the first proactive measure to protect it on behalf of voters. Previously, the state legislature voted twice to include the measure on the ballot.
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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry. Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world after the Netherlands , Belgium , Ontario , British Columbia , and Quebec to legalize same-sex marriage.
This was the spark that started the revolution that led the U. Supreme Court to rule that marriage was a right to be enjoyed by all American, regardless of sexual orientation. Legalizing gay marriage did more than ring wedding bells-- it changed the landscape of acceptance and equality for all Massachusetts citizens.