The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in California on June 26, , allowing all same-sex couples in California the ability to marry once and for all. History and the Path to Victory: August 17, The California Legislature passes a state statute restricting marriage to different-sex couples. Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill into law. March 8, Marriage opponents push through Proposition 22, a ballot initiative concerning a state statute restricting marriage to different-sex couples.
But the lawyers who won the appeals court round called the decision a milestone, and outside City Hall in San Francisco, a center for gay rights, dozens of same-sex couples hugged and kissed in public, cheering the ruling. The majority in the decision by the 9th U. But the appeals court did not address whether marriage was a fundamental right available to same-sex couples as well as heterosexuals, focusing instead specifically on Prop 8. Some lawyers predicted that the narrow ruling would lead the Supreme Court to limit itself to deciding on the California measure or to refusing the case altogether. Gay rights supporters have traveled a bumpy road since the first legal U. Some courts and legislatures have extended those rights, but voters have consistently opposed gay marriage. California, the most populous state, joined the vast majority of U.
The U. The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. A spokesman for the U. Immediately afterward, Gov.
Jump to navigation. The traditional and predominant legal stance in most of the 50 states is that marriage, as legally defined, can be viewed only as a legally recognized union of one man and one woman. That is, it cannot be defined as a union of same-sex partners, or even as a union of unmarried opposite-sex partners.