|2007-JAN-01: Switzerland: The Swiss Eingetragene Partnerschaft (registered
partnership) law went into effect.
|2007-FEB-22: Rhode Island: Attorney General
Patrick Lynch said that same-sex marriages solemnized in Massachusetts
are to be recognized in Rhode Island. Same-sex married couples are to
receive the full set of state benefits, rights and obligations that
opposite-sex couples routinely receive. More details.
|2007-MAY-31: New Hampshire: A civil union bill was signed into law. It took effect on 2008-JAN-01. More details.|
|2008-FEB-01: New York: An
appellate court in New York state ruled unanimously that same-sex
marriages legally solemnized elsewhere must be recognized as valid
marriages in New York state. More details.
|2008-FEB-01: Oregon: A state law allowing same-sex couples to register as
domestic partners took effect. More details.
|2008-MAY-14: California: The state Supreme Court ruled in
favor of the plaintiffs. Same-sex couples were able to marry in the state
starting in 2008-JUN-17. More details.
|2008-JUN-11: Norway: The legislature
legalized same-sex marriage, effective 2009-JAN-01. More details
|2008-OCT-10: Connecticut: The state Supreme Court legalized
SSM. The law took effect on OCT-28. More details.
|2008-NOV-04: California: Proposition 8 narrowly passed on
2008-NOV-04 by a margin of only 2%. This has terminated all new SSMs in the
state. The constitutionality of Prop. 8 was upheld by the California Supreme
Court. About 36,000
gays, lesbians and bisexuals had married during 2008 and their marriages will
remain recognized. This is the first time in history for a state to authorize SSMs
and then discontinue them.
|2008-NOV-06: Sweden: Sweden's Parliament is preparing to consider a new "gender neutral" marriage law that
would allow same-sex couples to marry. More information
|2008-DEC-15: Hungary: The parliament had passed legislation
in 2007 that would allow unmarried opposite-sex or same-sex couples register
their union beginning on 2009-JAN-01. This would have given the registering
couples almost the same rights and protections as have been enjoyed by
opposite-sex married couples.
The Constitutional Court annulled the law, stating that it "downgraded" the institution of marriage.
|2008-APR-02: Sweden: The Swedish parliament passed a gender-neutral
marriage bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry as of 2009-MAY-01. More details.
|2008-APR-03: Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court determined that the state constitution's law guaranteeing every citizen equal rights made the defense of marriage act unconstitutional. Same-sex marriages bacame available during late 2009-APR. Religious and social conservatives in the state subsequently took out their anger against the judges by terminating the service of some of the judges.|
Current status of SSM in the U.S., Canada, Europe, etc. Includes map of the U.S.
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