That's the assessment of Hillary Goodridge, one of 14 people whose lawsuit led Massachusetts in to become the first state to sanction gay and lesbian marriages. Twelve years later, by a vote, the high court made it 50 states. More than , same-sex couples in the United States are married, including about , who have wed since the ruling. The Supreme Court extended workplace protections nationwide last week for the LGBTQ community, ruling that a landmark civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers. But the court's majority , led by conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch , did not close the door on religious exemptions, saying "other employers in other cases may raise free exercise arguments that merit careful consideration.
Same-sex marriage law in the United States by state
Gay Marriage by State
That means gay couples can now marry in the state where gay teen Matthew Shepherd was beaten to death in , in what became known as a high-profile hate-crime. That means couples in those five states can now marry, and couples in six other states covered by the same circuit courts—Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming—will soon be able to walk down the aisle. Colorado, North Carolina, and West Virginia have already indicated they will allow gay couples to marry. After issuing a temporary block on the ruling, the Supreme Court removed the hold on October 10 , allowing same-sex marriages to move forward in those states as well.
Gay Marriage Is Legal in All 50 States: Supreme Court
I was born in One of the advantages still being alive is to talk to you. But looking back at how much the world has changed in my lifetime — the legal status of women, for example, has not changed a whole lot since because women had the right to vote. They had almost all of the rights that they have today.
For many years, same-sex marriage has been a hot topic of endless debate. Supporters of same-sex marriage say that a relationship and subsequent marriage between two people of the same sex is natural and normal. These supporters believe that a person does not choose to be gay and is instead born this way.