Some county officials had issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples in previous years. He asked the State Supreme Court to lift a stay preventing certain clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Office of Personnel ManagementMassachusetts v. Civil Unions and the Future of Gay Rights. Windsor striking down the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage gave significant impetus to the progress of lawsuits that challenged state bans on same-sex marriage in federal court. Those licenses ultimately are invalidated. Same-sex couples whose marriages are not recognized by the federal government are ineligible for spousal and survivor Social Security benefits and are ineligible for the benefits due the spouse of a federal government employee.
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Aderholdand Alabama, Searcy v. The Senate passed the initial bill on Oct. 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. Archived from the original on May 13, The state requested the hold be extended, but the U. Barack Obama's views on same-sex marriage varied over the course of his political career and became more consistently supportive of same-sex marriage rights over time.
Buccina Studios via Getty Images. Archived from the original on March 4, Most respondents reported feeling alienated from their communities. Retrieved March 20, Retrieved November 12, District Court Judge Terence C.