In addition to allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, the legislation sets the legal age of marriage at 18 and eliminates the existing requirement that couples who want to marry must first submit to a medical exam. February 20, - Sandoval County, New Mexico issues 26 same-sex marriage licenses, but they are nullified by the state attorney general the same day. Support for same-sex marriage varies across the region. September 27, - A New Jersey state judge rules that same-sex couples must be permitted to marry in New Jersey starting October The decision goes into effect on June 16 at 5: This is perhaps one of the most important and fundamental arguments for opponents of gay marriage. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees it throughout the country.
Massachusetts was the first state to do so.
In MayMaine state Sen. The five-to-four ruling, which extends to U. May 6, - New Hampshire lawmakers pass a same-sex marriage bill. For this reason, marriage is far more a civil right than it is a religious rite.
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