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IntroductionThe Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage is a rightthat is protected in the constitution of the United States in allthe 60 states on 26thJune, 2015.Until then, same sex marriage was only legal in theWashington DC and 37 other states.There was a dramatic change in public opinion on the issue.While approval in 1996 was only 27%, it rose to 60% in2015 (Procorn.org, 2018).
Introduction Contd.Those who support gay marriage claim that banning gaymarriage is unconstitutional and discriminatory, arguing thatsame-sex couples are supposed to have all the benefits thatheterosexual couples enjoy.Those who oppose gay marriage hold that marriage isdefined as a union between a man and a women and that it ismeant primarily for the purpose of procreation (Procorn.org,2018).
Graphic: 1994-2015 (procorn.org, 2018).
Timeline1970, May 18. Richard Baker and James McConnell applyfor a marriage license but are denied by the HennepinCounty District Court because they are both male. Thesupremecourtalsodismissesthecasewhenthere(procorn.org, 2018).1973, May 1. Maryland bans same-sex marriage by includingit in the Family Law Code stating“Only a marriage betweena man and a woman is valid in this State.” It becomes thefirst state to ban same-sex marriage (Timetoast.com, 2018).
Timeline Contd.1989, July 8. The first time for a gay couples to be considereda family by the highest court of a state when the Court ofAppeals in New York State declares that a gay or lesbiancouples that have lived together for 10 years or longer can besaid to be a family for rent control purposes.1996, September 21. the Defense of Marriage Act is signedby President Clinton, dnying same-sex couples federalbenefits.
Timeline Contd.2000, July 1. Vermont legalizes same-sex couple civilunions.2003, November 18. Same-sex marriage is legalized inMassachusetts in the case ofGoodridge v. Department ofPublic Health.2012, May 9. President Obama announces he supports same-sex marriage, becoming the first sitting president to do so.
Timeline Contd2013, December 20. Judge Robert Shelby strikes down the ban on gaymarriage in Utah and over a thousand same-sex couples marry in twoweeks.2014, January 6. Utah appeals the Judge’s decision and the SupremeCourt stops any further same-sex marriages.

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