Same-sex couples have started marrying in some of the most conservative US states, many of which had hoped to fight to maintain their bans on gay marriage in the supreme court. Such hopes ended on Monday, when the high court declined to hear appeals on the subject. The total number of states allowing gay marriage is expected to climb to 35 , the latest being North Carolina, where couples began marrying on Friday evening. Many of the appeals court rulings the supreme court declined to hear came from circuit courts, appeals courts that split the country by regional districts.
A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States
Same Sex Marriage States
In a resounding, coast-to-coast rejection of same-sex marriage, voters in 11 states approved constitutional amendments Tuesday limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The bans won by a 3-to-1 margin in Kentucky and Georgia, 3-to-2 in Ohio, and 6-to-1 in Mississippi. The Ohio measure, considered the broadest of the 11 because it barred any legal status that "intends to approximate marriage," gathered equal support from men and women, blacks and whites. In Georgia, Ohio and Mississippi, gay-rights activists were considering court challenges of the newly approved amendments.
Ban gay marriage in the United States
In a resounding, coast-to-coast rejection of gay marriage, voters in 11 states approved constitutional amendments Tuesday limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The bans won by a 3-to-1 margin in Kentucky, Georgia and Arkansas, 3-to-2 in Ohio, and 6-to-1 in Mississippi. Gay rights leaders were dismayed by the results but declared that their struggle for marriage equality would continue unabated.
The first lawsuits involving same-sex marriage started in the s, bringing the question of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples to public attention. Many of these lawsuits were unsuccessful. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon become the first gay couple to marry and receive official recognition after being together for 50 years.