Supreme Court ruled on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. Historians variously trace the beginning of the modern movement in support of same-sex marriage to anywhere from around the s to the s. Africa The Americas East Asia. Similar rulings had legalized same-sex marriage in eight provinces and one territory when the Civil Marriage Act defined marriage throughout Canada as "the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others". November 6, - Voters in Maryland, Washington and Maine pass referendums legalizing same-sex marriage. In Junethe UK Government completed the consultation to allow civil marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales.
Arthur passed away in October of that year, three months after the couple filed their lawsuit.
The couple, an Australian woman and her French spouse, had married in France inbut were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there. Supreme Court on June 26, Inthe High Court rejected a legal bid by a British lesbian couple who had married in Canada to have their union recognised as a marriage in the UK rather than a civil partnership.
InNew Zealand enacted legislation allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.