The City Clerk performs civil marriage ceremonies on a first-come, first-served basis. May 6, - New Hampshire lawmakers pass a same-sex marriage bill. Eventually other countries, or portions of countries, would begin to legally recognize gay marriages. Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill just before midnight. Same-sex marriage has prompted states to examine the protections for religious officials and others who are authorized to solemnize marriages and their right to refuse to solemnize a marriage based on their religious beliefs. November 8, - Texas becomes the 19th state to adopt a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Voters in Arizona and Florida also approve similar amendments to their state constitutions.
October 5, - A Louisiana judge throws out an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage, because the ban also includes civil unions.
What's Gay Marriage?
The Courts ruling will decide whether states can constitutionally ban same-sex marriage. Until fairly recently, only opposite sex, white couples were permitted to marry in the United States. This may take a second or two. However, gay marriages are not as recognized, as civil unions or domestic partnerships. In the ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal justices. Jack Markell holds up legislation on May 7,allowing same-sex couples to wed in the state. August 21, - District Judge Robert Hinkle rules Florida's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutionalbut same-sex marriages cannot immediately be performed.
February 24, - President George W. Bush announces support for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The ruling says that the parallel label "civil unions," which the state already allows, is illegally preventing same-sex couples from getting federal benefits. What are the differences between a same-sex marriage and an opposite-sex marriage in New York? The date marked the first day that all of Illinois' counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.