Same-sex marriage (SSM)
Part 1: 2013-OCT: Current status & recent
marriage (SSM), worldwide
We maintain a section on this website describing more detailed
by-month SSM developments from 2011-FEB until now.
We use the acronym "SSM" throughout this section to represent "same-sex marriage"
We use the acronym "LGBT" to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and transsexuals.
Current status as of 2013-OCT-20 in the U.S.:
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to loving, committed same-sex couples and register their marriages. The states are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington State. However, SSM is being evaluated by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and there is a small chance that it will be stopped when the court issues its ruling in early 2014.
In addition, some states are moving towards marriage equality:
- Hawaii: A special session of the Legislature has been called for late October and early November to consider a SSM bill. More details
- Illinois: Bills are active in the Illinois House and Senate to legalize SSM. A special legislative session has been called to consider them. Also a lawsuit in state court -- "Darby v. Orr" -- is underway. More details
- Nevada: The Legislature has begun the long process to legalize SSM. It would take until 2016 because the state constitution must be changed first. More details
- New Mexico: Individual county clerks are following their oath of office to support the state and federal constitutions and are issuing marriage licenses. Other clerks are following the same oath of office to support state marriage legislation which some feel prohibits same-sex marriage; they are refusing to issue marriage licenses. The state Supreme Court is considering the legality of same-sex marriages and may legalize SSM across the state. More details
- In many other states, including Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, lawsuits in are underway to legalize SSM. Some involve multiple same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses, being automatically rejected, and launching a lawsuit in state court. In other states, marriage equality is being promoted through the state Legislature or by launching a plebiscite.
United States: Recent developments in SSM:
Copyright © 2012 and 2013 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2012-MAR-17
Latest update: 2013-OCT-20
Author: B.A. Robinson