In Goodridge v. The very first went to Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen, more than 35 years after they became a couple and 41 years after King County denied Singer and Barwick's request for a license. Washington repealed its laws that criminalized consensual sodomy in June effective July 1, Ina UCLA study estimated the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry would have on Washington's state budget.
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Note: This essay was updated on December 10, Main article: Same-sex marriage in Taiwan. In Septembertwo civil court judges married two same-sex couples. Federal judge: State Department must recognize U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. On 20 Novemberthe Greens introduced a bill in the Austrian Parliament that would legalise same-sex marriage.
On 25 MayDenmark wrote history as the first country to make it legal to be in a registered partnership with one of the same sex. Before the October electionLGBT activists started a public campaign with the aim of achieving same-sex marriage within the next four years.
The provisions in the remaining states that allow same-sex couples to marry became active in either or Alaska Oct. Retrieved February 9, Recognition of foreign marriage for parental rights Same sex couples can live together, but no legal obligation for them Offer "partnership certificates", which provide some tools such as hospital visitation rights but do not offer any legal recognition Limited to spouses of foreign diplomatic officials.
The act defined marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, and provided that no state, territory, possession, or Indian tribe should be required to recognize any other state's same-sex marriage. Retrieved February 13, The law gave gay and lesbian couples -- as well as unmarried heterosexual couples in which one partner was 62 or older -- the right to visit a partner in the hospital, inheritance rights, and authority over autopsies and organ donations.
It has also recognized same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships established in other jurisdictions since then.