Bill Chappell. Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D. S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
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As the plaintiffs in the landmark case — Goodridge v. Department of Public Health — that brought same-sex marriage to the first state in the country, the Goodridges, six other couples, and their attorney Mary Bonauto broke an historic barrier on May 17, A decade later, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. President Obama and many elected leaders have come to embrace marriage equality as have a majority of Americans. Just last week, the NFL drafted its first openly gay player.
Same Sex Marriage Laws in the United States
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. Below is a list of countries that have legalized the practice, with the most recent countries to do so shown first.
In , the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the right to get married must be extended to same-sex couples. The ruling dramatically changed the landscape of same-sex marriage laws across the country. Prior to this ruling, states were empowered with the right to decide whether or not same-sex marriage would be permissible within its own boundaries. Since the federal government was long-silent on the topic, same-sex marriage has always been a hotly contested issue in the United States.