The NAACPthe leading African-American civil rights organization, has pledged its support for gay rights and same-sex marriage, stating that they "support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution", and has declared that same-sex marriage is a civil right. Retrieved July 9, The high court cleared the way for same-sex couples in California to resume marrying after dismissing an appeal on Proposition 8 on jurisdictional grounds. The bill now moves to the House for a vote. Carlos McKnight of Washington waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the U.
Recognition of same-sex unions in Colorado Recognition of same-sex unions in Texas Recognition of same-sex unions in Florida.
Voters there approved same-sex marriage in Novemberdefeating a challenge by opponents. On March 1,Maryland Gov. Retrieved December 25, The Supreme Court's action allowed the decisions of the lower courts to take effect. The New York Times. Pat McCrory won't sign a bill that would have allowed magistrates to opt out of performing weddings if they have religious objections.
Eight New Mexico counties, either on the basis of a court decision or their clerks' own volition, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August June 6, - A Wisconsin federal judge strikes down the state's same-sex marriage ban. May 12, - A federal judge strikes down Nebraska's ban on protection and recognition of same-sex couples. Washington Secretary of State. October 17, - Judge John Sedwick rules that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and refuses to stay his ruling.