On November 25,U. District Court judge struck down the state's marriage ban, but that decision has been stayed pending appeals. Archived from the original on 7 September Archived from the original on July 28, Congressional reaction to that ruling, partly in anticipation of the approaching presidential election, resulted in the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act DOMAwhich denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Retrieved January 12,
However, 18, such marriages performed before Proposition 8 will remain valid.
Same-sex marriage in the United States
March 3, - In Portland, Oregon, the Multnomah County Clerk's office issues marriage licenses for same-sex couples. On June 26,the U. According to the statistics, female couples were four times more likely to have children than male couples. In Novemberthe U. William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe get close after having their photo taken with their marriage certificate May 21,at Philadelphia City Hall.
The federal judge who struck down Alabama's laws banning same-sex marriage reaffirmed her decision Thursday evening, but delayed its implementation. Otterordering that marriage licenses for same-sex couples be processed immediately beginning April 15, Both courts lifted their stays on October 7,and Suthers ordered all county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Furthermore, while the New York Human Rights Law makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sexual orien- tation, it carves out exemptions for religious institutions and benevo- lent organizations. Retrieved October 21, New York legalizes same-sex marriage.