Broadly reflecting the community-benefit rhetoric noted above, many American legal scholars and same-sex marriage advocates developed arguments that the equal protection clause of the U. See a timeline highlighting changes in state policies from InDenmark became the first country to allow same-sex couples to register as domestic partners. In the early 21st century the countries that most seriously penalized same-sex relations tended to be in deeply conservative regions of the world, particularly Islamic theocracies and some parts of Asia and Africa. Gay civil partnerships now legal but couples told to wait".
On May 15,the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should have the right to marry.
Timeline of same-sex marriage
The measure went into effect Dec. Belgium and Spain had legalized same-sex marriage, for instance, despite official opposition from their predominant religious institution, the Roman Catholic Church. In other cases, the cultural homogeneity supported by the dominant religion did not result in the application of doctrine to the civic realm but may nonetheless have fostered a smoother series of discussions among the citizenry: Although most religions subscribe to just one of these beliefs, it is not uncommon for two or more viewpoints to coexist within a given society. Retrieved 28 June On the same day, the Supreme Court decided a challenge to the federal DOMA law that limited over one thousand federal benefits to marriages defined as a relationship between a man and a woman. Part of a series on.
Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation on Nov. The existence of religious pluralities within a country seems to have had a less determinate effect on the outcome of same-sex marriage debates. As countries began to legalize same-sex partnerships, public opinionparticularly in Europe, began to shift in favour of full marriage rights for same-sex unions. Retrieved 6 June In other cases, the cultural homogeneity supported by the dominant religion did not result in the application of doctrine to the civic realm but may nonetheless have fostered a smoother series of discussions among the citizenry: