This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. October 5, - A Louisiana judge throws out an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage because the ban also includes civil unions.
Retrieved September 9, May 6, - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Maineas Gov. Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. Performed in the Netherlands proper, including the Caribbean Netherlands.
A study conducted by Vanderbilt University in concluded that Main article: United States v. Retrieved November 5, Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional". Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette files an emergency request for Judge Friedman's order to be stayed and appealed.
February 23, - The Maryland Senate passes a bill to legalize same-sex marriage and Governor Martin O'Malley promises to sign it into law. The U. August 4, - A Washington judge rules the state's law defining marriage is unconstitutional.
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Statute bans same-sex marriage, recognition of out of state same-sex marriages, contractual rights granted by virtue of the marriage, and any same-sex relationships. February 7, - A three-judge panel with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules that Proposition 8, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, violates the constitution.
The next decade saw a whirlwind of activity on the gay marriage front, beginning with the year , when Vermont became the first state to legalize civil unions, a legal status that provides most of the state-level benefits of marriage.