As a result, Schaerr wrote, “nearly 900,000 more children of the next generation would be aborted as a result of their mothers never marrying.This is equal to the entire population of the cities of Sacramento and Atlanta combined.” Case closed!On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a right protected by the US Constitution in all 50 states.Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining 13.In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to open civil marriage to same-sex couples.
The state’s involvement raises fundamental issues about equality of political and civic standing.The movement to open civil marriage to same-sex couples achieved its first temporary success in 1993 with the decision of the Hawaii Supreme Court that the restriction of marriage to opposite-sex couples would be presumed unconstitutional unless the state could demonstrate that it furthered a compelling state interest. In response to this decision the state constitution was amended to allow the legislature to preserve that restriction. Held that Nebraska's constitutional provision against same-sex unions was an unconstitutional bill of attainder, because it went beyond maintaining the common-law opposite-sex definition of marriage to deny government benefits to the partners of any sort of same-sex union. The keys to the kingdom of the married might have been held only by private citizens—religious bodies and their leaders, families, other parts of civil society.So it has been in many societies throughout history.
All across our country, in every region, every social class, every race and ethnicity, every religion or non-religion, people get married.