Retrieved June 27, Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Washington the following day. Retrieved July 18, On October 7,the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in two cases, overturning a district court in Nevada that had found that state's ban on same-sex marriage constitutional and affirming the decision of a district court in Idaho that had found that state's ban unconstitutional. Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky.
In FebruaryCarter said he opposed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but in June he withdrew his support of a gay rights plank in the Democratic Party platform.
The chapter worked diligently and successfully convinced Governor Reagan to publicly oppose the measure. Rochester, N. On September 21,Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act DOMAwhich defines marriage for federal purposes as the legal union of one man and one woman, allowing individual states to refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
Opponents of same-sex marriage have worked to prevent individual states from recognizing same-sex unions by attempting to amend the United States Constitution to restrict marriage to heterosexual unions.