In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States. In , just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota. Clerk Gerald Nelson rejected their application because they were a same-sex couple, and a trial court upheld his decision.
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The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, but homosexual couples still face obstacles when they wish to have children. Just 20 percent of Dutch homosexual couples are married, compared with 80 percent of heterosexual couples, fresh figures by Statistics Netherlands show. Since 1 April , when the Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, some 15, gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot. That is two percent of all marriages celebrated in Holland, and just 20 percent of the 55, same-sex couples the country numbers.
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Not a fundraiser, mind you — but a meet-and-greet for the vice president to reach out to LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry. The event was meant to be healing. As President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden sought re-election, Hollywood's queer community felt that the administration had not done enough. Sure, Obama had signed a bill in repealing the Clinton administration's disastrous military policy, "don't ask, don't tell;" and yes, the following year, Obama had instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act. But for monied LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry — who had supported Obama in , only to see California's discriminatory Proposition 8 pass during his election — they wanted more from the administration than just rescinding a few hateful policies of the past.
Centuries before the same-sex marriage movement , the U. It's widely known that the Deep South banned interracial marriages until , but less widely known is that many other states did the same. California, for example, prohibited these marriages until In addition, politicians made three brazen attempts to ban interracial marriages nationally by amending the U.