Same-sex marriage in the U. The measure not only legalizes same-sex marriage but also allows for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. In JulyArgentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. The new law allows for religious institutions and civil officers to refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, a provision that critics claim violates the rights of same-sex couples under the constitution.
And state leaders then took just five days to formally ask the Supreme Court to intervene. More importantly, the high court also rejected parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in its "Windsor" decision, citing equal protection guarantees to conclude same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits, such as tax breaks.
The Presbyterian Church U. No actual cases to date. As such, on January 13,the House of Delegates voted in favor of the amendment, and on February 17, the State Senate voted in favor.
Voters approved a constitutional amendment reinforcing the existing laws in General Info. Persons Authorized to Perform Marriages. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The locality with the highest proportion of same-sex marriages was Buena Vista, a city of 6, people nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Virginia on Oct. A similar order could be issued by day's end for Indiana and Wisconsin.