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Gay Marriage Timeline

GAY MARRIAGE TIMELINE This November, same sex marriage will appear on the ballot for four states. Last May, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to support gay marriage. As the LGBT community continues to make gains in equality, let's take a look at the progress in the last torty years. MAY. 1970 Jack Baker and Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license in Hennepin County, Minnesota. After being turned down, Baker and McConnell obtained a marriage license from another Minnesota county. A Methodist minister officiated in a marriage ceremony in Minneapolis and executed the license. JANUARY. 1975 Two men from Phoenix, Arizona are granted a marriage license by their county clerk. The Arizona Supreme Court would later invalidate the license. Two months later, in Colorado, county clerk Clela Rorex issued six marriage licenses to same-sex couples after receiving an opinion from the local district attor- ney's office saying that state marriage law did not prohibit same sex unions. The state DA's office later issued an opinion that the licenses were invalid and no new licenses were issued. 1991 Fox's comedy drama series Roc depicted the first same-sex marriage on American TV. Uncle Russell marries his partner. 1998 Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap Penguins, are observed performing mating rituals. They were eventually given an egg to hatch and raised Tango, a female penguin who later formed a same-sex relationship with Tanuzi. MAY. 1993 The Hawaii State Supreme Court rules in Baehr v. Lewin that the HAWAII Hawaii state statute limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples is presumed to be unconstitutional unless the state can present a "compelling state interest" justifying the same-sex marriage ban. SEPT. 1999 CALIFORNIA Governor Gray Davis from the US state of California signs a registered partnerships bill into law that provided limited rights for same-sex couples. JULY. 2000 VERMONT Civil unions become legal in the US state of Vermont. 2004 2009 LOVE Gay couple Jeremy Hooper and Andrew Shulman are featured in the June edition of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon became the first same-sex couple to be legally married in the United States when San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom allowed city hall to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Jan. 2011 Bruno and Solomon become the first same-sex married cat-couple. MAY. 2012 NOV. 2012 Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to publicly announce support for same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is on the November ballot for Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota. Did you know that unions between people of the same sex have existed for thousands of years? More than 30 African cultures, such as the Kikuyu and Nuer, Emperor Nero married two men, and Chinese women in Fujian would bind themselves to other women in elaborate ceremonies. Sources:,,, If you're interested in same-sex marriage in the US, please refer to our Gay Marriage Infographic. Semply Bridal www. si FULFILLING DRE AMS

Gay Marriage Timeline

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The first state to legalize gay marriage - Massachusetts, on May 17, 2004. On October 4, 1972 Antonio Molina and Billie Ert were issued a marriage license by Sandra Kalinowski in Wharton, Texas and...



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