May 31, 2012: A federal appeals court in New England upholds lower court rulings against the Defense of Marriage Act. 2012: A federal district judge in Nevada upholds the state's ban on gay marriage. 7, 2012: Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act and the ruling against California's Proposition 8.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Andrew Cuomo signs law legalizing same-sex marriage, more than doubling the number of Americans living in gay marriage states. 7, 2012: A federal appeals court upholds the ruling that declared California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Opponents delay its implementation until a November referendum. 16, 2012: New Jersey legislators approve same-sex marriage bill, later vetoed by Gov. May 9, 2012: President Obama becomes the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.
19, 2013: New Mexico Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in every county in the state.
District Judge Robert Shelby strikes down Utah's gay marriage ban; more than 1,000 same-sex couples marry over the next two weeks.
District Judge Terence Kern strikes down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban but blocks marriages while the state appeals.
District Judge John Heyburn says Kentucky must recognize marriages of gay couples performed in other states.
District Judge Arenda Wright Allen strikes down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban but blocks marriages during the appeal process.
District Judge Orlando Garcia strikes down Texas' gay marriage ban but blocks marriages while the state appeals. S; District Judge Aleta Trauger says Tennessee must recognize three same-sex marriages from other states. Gay couples marry until the next day, when a federal appeals court puts the ruling on hold. May 9, 2014: Arkansas Circuit Judge Chris Piazza strikes down the state's gay marriage ban, and more than 400 couples receive licenses until the ruling is put on hold a week later.
District Judge Bernard Friedman strikes down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban following a two-week trial. District Judge Timothy Black says Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Magistrate Candy Dale strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban, but the ruling is put on hold.
District Judge Michael Mc Shane strikes down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, and the state does not appeal.
The justices ruled that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. Nelson, a Minnesota case filed by a gay couple seeking to marry, "for want of a substantial federal question."Jan.
Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in a historic 5-4 ruling.
The path to the Supreme Court has been marked by many same-sex marriage victories and few defeats. 1, 1973: Maryland becomes the first state to pass a statute banning same-sex marriages. 7, 2006: Constitutional amendments banning gay marriage are passed in seven more states.