November 13, - Governor Neil Abercrombie signs legislation making Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Feldman upholds Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, breaking a streak of 21 consecutive federal court decisions overturning the bans since June of Where discrimination is illegal. February 7, - A three-judge panel with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules that Proposition 8, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, violates the constitution. Voters had voiced their opposition to the ruling in a advisory referendum. July 14, - The US Senate blocks a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage from moving forward in Congress.
July 18, - The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a judge's ruling from January that the same-sex marriage ban in Oklahoma is unconstitutional.
Jack Markell holds up legislation on May 7,allowing same-sex couples to wed in the state. Most Read. The new measure passed by a margin of greater than five-to-one, with support coming from both the governing African National Congress as well as the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance. Israel stands apart from its neighbors in public attitudes toward same-sex couples:
A recent increase in arrests and killings of gay men in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya has reportedly prompted many people to delete their online social media accounts for fear of persecution.