He identified himself as part of a "silent majority" of non-radicals unrepresented in media depictions of gay and lesbian life and criticized the gay community for identifying homosexuality with sexual behavior. The Department's responsibilities included setting policies under which city and town clerks issue marriage licenses. Archived from the original on June 2, More than 10, same-sex couples married in Massachusetts in the first four years after such marriages became legal on May 17, Every citizen has a stake in the outcome, because every citizen has a stake in the well-being of the family. They used each of the two methods the Massachusetts Constitution provides. In February and Marchcity officials in San Francisco issued marriage licenses to about same-sex couples before being ordered to stop by the California Supreme Court.
Strange that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Looking back at the legalization of gay marriage in Mass.
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. Mitt Romney immediately called for an amendment to the state constitution to define a marriage as between a man and a woman. Retrieved January 12, Their joint battle to bring marriage equality to their own home and to their state would eventually change lives for many Americans. On June 13, the judge put the ruling on hold, pending appeal. Supreme Court declined to consider the case, Baker v.