Gay marriage state map. State same sex marriage state laws map in a landmark ruling issued in june the us. State lawmakers in tennessee introduced a bill that would ban same sex marriage. 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 court ruled unconstitutional a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same sex couples and effectively permitted gay marriage in california.
In a landmark opinion a divided supreme court ruled on june 26th that states cannot ban same sex marriage. Supreme court ruled that the constitution allows for same sex couples to marry effectively overturning. The tennessee natural marriage defense act would defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary. Bernie sanders is criticizing hillary clinton over her record on gay marriage but his own story is more complicated than he portrays it.
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. 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.