October 6, - The US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals from five states -- Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin -- seeking to keep their same-sex marriage bans in place. January 25, - The Rhode Island House of Representatives passes a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. In AprilMedha Patkar of the Aam Aadmi Party stated that her party supports the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Archived from the original on 1 March Archived from the original on 2 April United States Office of Personnel Management.
Article 24 of the Japanese Constitution states that "Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis.
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In Octoberthe Supreme Court lifts the stay. The law took effect on 1 March Same-sex marriage is also referred to as gay marriagewhile the political status in which the marriages of same-sex couples and the marriages of opposite-sex couples are recognized as equal by the law is referred to as marriage equality. Retrieved 20 December With the legalization of gay marriage, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark which is the state churchis required to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches. Retrieved March 11,
Marriages become legal on September 1, December 24, - The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denies a request from Utah officials to temporarily stay a lower court's ruling that allows same-sex marriage there. Additionally, various cities and counties in CambodiaJapan and Taiwan offer same-sex couples varying levels of benefits, which include hospital visitation rights and others. On May 2,Rhode Island Gov. Together, they involve a dozen couples who challenged same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee — the only states with bans on marriage between gay and lesbian couples that had been sustained by a federal appeals court. Unequal protection under the law — when will society catch up with the business community? The measure not only legalizes same-sex marriage but also allows for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children.