Against this background, the legal question of same-sex marriage arose. United States legal history. See also Glucksberg, U. Before passage of the Act, more than 3, same-sex couples had already married in those areas. Sexual orientations Asexual Bisexual Heterosexual Homosexual.
Rather, they worked deep transformations in its structure, affecting aspects of marriage long viewed by many as essential. The respondents have not shown a foundation for the conclusion that allowing same-sex marriage will cause the harmful outcomes they describe.
Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. See generally N. No actual cases to date. Their marriages were long in coming—and tragically shortened by illness.
It follows that the Court also must hold—and it now does hold—that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character. Other states quickly followed suit: Virginia inand FloridaCalifornia and Wyoming in Same-sex couples, too, may aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfillment in its highest meaning.
Hodges Though the U. Northern Island is the most recent country to legalize gay marriage in October, In Bowers, a bare majority upheld a law criminalizing same-sex intimacy. Numerous examples of same sex unions among peers, not age-structured, are found in Ancient Greek writings.