On November 2,voters in eleven states— ArkansasGeorgiaKentuckyMichiganMississippiMontanaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonand Utah —approved state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He puts the ruling on hold until November 11, to give the state time to file an appeal. Retrieved 4 March The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state's request to prevent same-sex marriages temporarily, clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry. The ruling announced Friday adds new definition to an issue that has remained controversial even as an increasing number of Americans say they support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
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September 21, - President Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage and defining marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. Otterallowing the district court decision to take effect, preventing further enforcement of Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage as of October 15, The ban on same-sex marriage will remain in effect through the state's appeals process. The Washington Post.
Same-Sex Marriage Bans Injust one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota.