Jun 26, 2015 · Latest Development: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, thereby requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Background and History: State legislatures, voters and more recently the courts have made sweeping changes over the past two decades in laws defining whether marriage is limited to relationships between a man and a . Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender, entered into in a civil or religious ceremony.There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century though there is no legal provision in Roman Law, and it was banned in the Roman Empire in the fourth. In the modern era, same-sex marriage started being legalized at the.
State level bans against same-sex marriage licenses became obsolete in June 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell vs. Hodges that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.The decision was an unprecedented step forward in the gay rights movement when the court ruled in a 5-4 decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under federal law. Gay marriage is currently legal in a small percentage of countries worldwide. For many, marriage is seen as unique relationship between a man and a woman, with the .
Same Sex Marriage State and federal laws concerning same-sex marriage has a relatively brief history, beginning with the first lawsuit in 1971 and ending with the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.