The long-dominant Christian Democratic Party, traditionally allied with the Catholic Church, was out of power when the parliament passed the measure. Lewin that it was unconstitutional under the state constitution for the state to abridge marriage on the basis of sex. City Newspaper. DOMA's Section 3 defined marriage for the purposes of federal law as a union of one man and one woman. Mississippi had once banned same-sex couples from adopting, but the law requiring this was ruled unconstitutional by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on March 31,
November 13, - Governor Neil Abercrombie signs legislation making Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Governor of Vermont had previously vetoed the measure, but the veto was overridden by the Legislature. June 26, - The Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples can marry nationwide. Retrieved April 3,
Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.