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Saga of same-sex marriage in California: It’s legal, but it hasn’t been without a fight
By Jennifer Medina. By Chris Geidner. By Elizabeth Dias. By Linda Greenhouse. By Sam Roberts.
By Alan Cowell. By Meredith Maran. By The Editorial Board. By Jack Healy. Martin O'Malley signs law legalizing gay marriage, if voters go along in November. May 9, President Obama becomes the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage. The case, Windsor v. United States , eventually will reach the Supreme Court.
March , Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry , the challenge to the Proposition 8 ruling, and United States v. Windsor , the challenge to DOMA. June 26, Supreme Court strikes down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act and dismisses the challenge to the Proposition 8 ruling, making same-sex marriage legal once again in California.
Chris Christie drops his appeal. District Judge Robert Shelby strikes down Utah's gay marriage ban; more than 1, same-sex couples marry over the next two weeks. With Utah appealing, the Supreme Court on Jan.
District Judge Terence Kern strikes down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban but blocks marriages while the state appeals. District Judge John Heyburn says Kentucky must recognize marriages of gay couples performed in other states. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen strikes down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban but blocks marriages during the appeal process.
District Judge Orlando Garcia strikes down Texas' gay marriage ban but blocks marriages while the state appeals. March 14, U. S; District Judge Aleta Trauger says Tennessee must recognize three same-sex marriages from other states. March 21, U. District Judge Bernard Friedman strikes down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban following a two-week trial. Gay couples marry until the next day, when a federal appeals court puts the ruling on hold.
April 14, U. District Judge Timothy Black says Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. May 9, Arkansas Circuit Judge Chris Piazza strikes down the state's gay marriage ban, and more than couples receive licenses until the ruling is put on hold a week later. May 13, U. Magistrate Candy Dale strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban, but the ruling is put on hold.
May 19, U. District Judge Michael McShane strikes down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, and the state does not appeal.
May 20, U. District Judge John Jones strikes down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban, and the state does not appeal.
Same-sex marriages resume in California after court gives go-ahead
June 6, U. District Judge Barbara Crabb strikes down Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban; couples marry for a week until the decision is put on hold pending appeal. June 25, U. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upholds the ruling against Utah's gay marriage ban, but the ruling is blocked pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. District Judge Richard Young strikes down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban, and couples begin marrying that afternoon. July 1, The Kentucky court ruling on out-of-state marriages is expanded to legalize all gay marriages in the state, but it's delayed while on appeal.
July 9, Colorado District Judge Scott Crabtree strikes down the state's gay marriage ban, and the ruling is appealed to the state Supreme Court. Weeks later, a federal district judge also rules against the gay marriage ban, and the state appeals. July 17, U. District Judge Robert Hinkle strikes down Florida's same-sex marriage ban following several similar rulings by state and county judges.
All the rulings have been appealed. July 18, U. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upholds lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the case is appealed to the Supreme Court.