Happy Pride Month! This June and really, any month it's worth taking stock and asking: What's the best state in America for gay rights? Of course, ranking states for their LGBT friendliness , from Vermont to Illinois, can be a tricky thing to measure, due to the plethora of gay rights issues. Which rights are most important when you're making a list like this? Are we measuring the right to gay marriage as more crucial than anti-discrimination laws?
Efforts to repeal Virginia's gay marriage ban test state's progressive credibility
Court weighs 4 states' gay marriage cases
Gay marriage has been legally recognized in America since the U. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Justice Kennedy stated in the decision that marriage is "a keystone of our social order," and the Supreme Court vote effectively prohibited individual states from banning same-sex marriages. The decision opened wide the door for homosexual married couples to claim the same numerous benefits awarded to heterosexual couples. Prior to this U. Supreme Court decision, only 19 states and the District of Columbia recognized same-sex marriages.
Gay marriage is legal in 32 US states – but what about the other 18?
This article summarizes the same-sex marriage laws of states in the United States. Via the case Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, , the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage in a decision that applies nationwide, with the possible exception of American Samoa and some tribal nations.
Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is the marriage of people of the same sex or gender. In , a same-sex couple in Minnesota applied for a marriage license and was denied. The case was brought to the Minnesota Supreme Court and brought the question of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples to the public attention.