In addition to allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, the legislation sets the legal age of marriage at 18 and eliminates the existing requirement that couples who want to marry must first submit to a medical exam. Retrieved 7 October Vermont was the first state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage through legislative means rather than litigation. The ruling allows same-sex marriages to continue while the appeal goes forward. Archived from the original on May 13,
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History of same-sex marriage in the United States
Retrieved 16 June June 26, - The Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples can marry nationwide. Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. May 9, - Excerpts from an interview with ABC air in which Obama endorses same-sex marriagethe first such statement by a sitting president. Retrieved June 26,
Retrieved February 6, Recognition of same-sex unions in Colorado Recognition of same-sex unions in Texas Recognition of same-sex unions in Florida. Retrieved 12 February The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state's request to prevent same-sex marriages temporarily, clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry. We strive for accuracy and fairness. On July 8,Judge Joseph Tauro of the District Court of Massachusetts held that the denial of federal rights and benefits to lawfully married Massachusetts same-sex couples is unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the U. Department of Public Health six months earlier.