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A History of Marriage Equality: 2013 Timeline of Gay Marriage Rights

05 Jul A History of Marriage Equality: 2013 Timeline of Gay Marriage Rights

marriage equalityAs a tribute to the ever-changing landscape of marriage equality and gay marriage rights in the United States, our partner Simply Bridal has updated its Gay Marriage Timeline for the year 2013. The marriage equality timeline reflects important changes that have deeply affected the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community over the past four decades, including the landmark Supreme Court decision last month that effectively struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) and ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. Originally introduced in 1996, DoMA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton and defined marriage as a strictly heterosexual union between one male and one female, prohibiting same-sex married couples from being recognized as “spouses” by the federal government.

History of Marriage Equality Worldwide

The Supreme Court ruling against DoMA has received considerable attention nationwide and is probably the most recognized advancement in gay marriage rights thus far. However, DoMA’s defeat is only the latest milestone in a long battle for equality among the LGBT community that dates back thousands of years. According to the gay marriage timeline and other marriage equality sources, same-sex marriage has been documented in more than 30 African populations, including the Kikuyu and Nandi of East Africa, the Zulu and Sotho of South Africa, and the Yoruba and Ibo of West Africa. During the period of the Ming dynasty, women in the southern Chinese province of Fujian would enter into binding contracts with other women in elaborate ceremonies, and men in that province participated in similar legal unions.

U.S. States Pushing to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The recent Supreme Court decision and President Barack Obama’s public announcement in support of same-sex marriage in May 2012 are important steps in recognizing same-sex married couples as spouses in the United States, but this marriage equality timeline reminds us that legal marriages between same-sex partners is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it is estimated that 250 million people (4% of the global population) live in areas that recognize same-sex marriages. Today, public support of marriage equality has grown by leaps and bounds in the United States, evidenced by the presence of same-sex marriage on the ballot for Maryland, Maine and Washington in November 2012, and a push for same-sex marriage laws in Minnesota, Rhode Island and Delaware in June 2013.

Plan Your Wedding in Puerto Rico Today!

Here at All Events PR, we are dedicated to providing wedding services for any and all couples planning a Puerto Rico wedding. For those who would like to learn more about the progress the LGBT community continues to make in regards to recognizing marriages between same-sex couples, check out the 2013 marriage equality timeline developed by our wedding services partner, Simply Bridal.

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