Same-sex marriage (SSM) in the U.S.
by various groups and
the future of
same-sex marriage (SSM) in the U.S.
2014-JUN: Current status:
In predominately English speaking countries. As of mid-2014-JUN:
- Same-sex marriage has become available throughout Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
- It is heavily favored by the public of Australia. However the present Prime Minister refuses to hold a free vote on enabling legislation.
- It is being extensively discussed in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- It is available in the District of Columbia and 19 states in the U.S. A total of eight federal District Courts and state courts have issued rulings legalizing SSMs, however, their decisions have been stayed pending appeals.
There is a growing belief among American adults that legal recognition of same-sex marriage across the entire country is "inevitable." In early 2013-MAY, a national poll by Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 72% of American adults expect this to happen. 1 Among those who support SSM, 85% believe it is inevitable; among those opposed, the value is 59% -- still a health majority. As future developments occurr, these values will probably increase.
Less than two months after the Pew Research poll, on 2013-JUN-26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings in two very important cases:
- Wilson v. United States declared a major part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. It resulted in 1,138 government marriage benefits and protections which were previously restricted to opposite-sex couples being also made available to married same-sex couples whose marriages are recognized where they live.
- Hollingsworth v. Perry had the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage in California again.
There is a lot of speculation about how, when, and in what order additional states will legalize SSM, perhaps leading to a decision by the U.S. Suprem Court that makes same-sex marriage (SSM) available to all loving, commited same-sex couples in the country.
We expect that in the near future, marriages will be available in additional states, mostly due to court decisions in state and federal courts.
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- "Poll: Gay Marriage Viewed As 'Inevitable' By Most Americans," Huffington Post, 2013-JUN-06, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
Originally written: 2013-JUL-15
Latest update: 2014-JUN-18
Author: B.A. Robinson