"Mike" Miller after signing a same-sex marriage bill.The law was challenged, but voters approved marriage equality in a November 2012 referendum. Chris Gregoire celebrates after signing marriage-equality legislation into law.Increase your circle of friends, locate the best areas to ride, or find that special someone. Visit our chat rooms and message board to instantly connect with members. A federal appeals court had previously ruled in favor of the state bans, with Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Sixth Circuit U. Court of Appeals writing a majority opinion in line with the rationale that the issue should be decided through the political process, not the courts.Fourteen couples and two widowers challenged the bans.Nearly 46 years to the day after a riot at New York's Stonewall Inn ushered in the modern gay rights movement, the decision could settle one of the major civil rights fights of this era.
The case came before the Supreme Court after several lower courts overturned state bans on gay marriage.
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Same-sex marriage became legal in Washington in March 2010.
Lara Ramsey, left, and Jane Lohmann play with their 7-month-old son, Wyatt Ramsey-Lohmann.
"In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.""Their hope," Kennedy wrote, "is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. The Constitution grants them that right."Carlos Mc Knight of Washington waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the U. See photos from states that approved same-sex marriage before the nationwide ruling: Shante Wolfe, left, and Tori Sisson become the first same-sex couple to file their marriage license in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 9, 2015. Gay rights organizations swiftly denounced Moore's January 6, 2016, order.