Gay marriage state map. The public national discussion around same sex marriage first began in 1993 when the hawaii supreme court ruled that laws denying same sex couples the right to marry violated state constitutional equal protection rights unless the state could show a compelling reason for such discrimination. The tennessee natural marriage defense act would defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary. Same sex marriage in the united states expanded from one state in 2004 to all fifty states in 2015 through various state court rulings state legislation direct popular votes and federal court rulings. Updated 1205 pm et fri june 26 2015.
The court ruled unconstitutional a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same sex couples and effectively permitted gay marriage in california. On tuesday the presbyterian church usa voted to redefine marriage as a commitment between two people traditionally a man and a woman formally allowing same sex marriages within the church. Supreme court ruled that the constitution allows for same sex couples to marry effectively overturning. Bernie sanders is criticizing hillary clinton over her record on gay marriage but his own story is more complicated than he portrays it.
State lawmakers in tennessee introduced a bill that would ban same sex marriage. Same sex marriage also known as gay marriage is the marriage of two persons of the same sex or gender entered into in a civil or religious ceremony.