Same-sex marriage is legal in all parts of the United Kingdom. As marriage is a devolved legislative matter , different parts of the UK legalised same-sex marriage at different times; it has been recognised and performed in England and Wales since March , in Scotland since December , and in Northern Ireland since January Same-sex marriage is legal in nine of the fourteen British Overseas Territories. Civil partnerships were legalised in the Cayman Islands on 4 September
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Same sex marriage becomes law
Same-sex marriage - Wikipedia
In the United States, the availability of legally recognized same-sex marriage expanded from one state in to all fifty states in through various state and federal court rulings, state legislation, and direct popular votes. The fifty states each have separate marriage laws , which must adhere to rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States that recognize marriage as a fundamental right that is guaranteed by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution , as first established in the landmark civil rights case of Loving v. Civil rights campaigning in support of marriage without distinction as to sex or sexual orientation began in the s. Nelson saw the Supreme Court of the United States decline to become involved. Lewin that it was unconstitutional under the Constitution of Hawaii for the state to abridge marriage on the basis of sex. That ruling led to federal and state actions to explicitly abridge marriage on the basis of sex in order to prevent the marriages of same-sex couples from being recognized by law, the most prominent of which was the federal Defense of Marriage Act DOMA.
States across U.S. still cling to outdated gay marriage bans
In response to court action in a number of states, the United States federal government and a number of state legislatures passed or attempted to pass legislation either prohibiting or allowing same-sex marriage or other types of same-sex unions. Hodges that a fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Fourteenth Amendment , and that states must allow same-sex marriage. Section 3 of DOMA defines "marriage" and "spouse" for purposes of both federal law and any ruling, regulation, or interpretation by an administrative bureau or agency of the United States government.
Same sex marriage became legal in Texas in after the U. Supreme Court issued their decision on the case Obergefell v Hodges [PDF] , which legalized same-sex marriage in every state. The marriage application process is the same for every couple in Texas. See the resources below for answers to common questions about same-sex marriage. While this case was dismissed by a Houston court in February , the plaintiffs are currently appealing the trial court's decision.