In a landmark ruling issued in , the U. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution allows for same-sex marriage, effectively overturning remaining restrictions in place in states. Most other states had enacted constitutional or statutory bans on same-sex marriage, known as "Defense of Marriage" Acts. The following map shows state laws prior to the Supreme Court ruling:. Pat McCrory won't sign a bill that would have allowed magistrates to opt out of performing weddings if they have religious objections.
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Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
State Same-Sex Marriage State Laws Map
State level bans against same-sex marriage licenses became obsolete in June when the U. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell vs. The decision was an unprecedented step forward in the gay rights movement when the court ruled in a decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under federal law. It was a narrow decision, but it nonetheless forced all states to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Many states already had laws in place approving same-sex marriage, so the SCOTUS decision was something of a moot point in these jurisdictions.
Same sex marriage is currently legal in approximately 12 countries. In addition, same sex marriage is legally recognized in five states and in the District of Columbia. The reason the numbers remain approximate is because of the frequent change in legality.
Latest Development: The U. 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 woman or is extended to same-sex couples. Before the U.