March 3, - In Portland, Oregon, the Multnomah County Clerk's office issues marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Sep 1, Malta, a small Catholic nation that was the first country in Europe to ban gay conversion therapy, legalized same-sex marriage in The Catholic and evangelical Protestant churches vehemently protested the bill. Though the U. Inthe Lutheran Church of Norway, to which nearly three quarters of Norwegians belong, adopted gender-neutral wording that would allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages.
June 26, - The Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples can marry nationwide.
September 3, - Judge Martin L. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In the southern Chinese province of Fujianthrough the Ming dynasty period, females would bind themselves in contracts to younger females in elaborate ceremonies.
The court determined that limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was in violation of the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protections.