Court ruled that the Constitution did not support same-sex marriage
Court ruled that the state must show a compelling reason to ban same-sex marriage. The outcome of this case led states to specify that marriage is between one man and one woman.
The Utah Statute prohibited state recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states and nations. This was the first of its kind in the U.S. More than 30 states followed with their own "Defense of Marriage" laws.
Clinton signed on this federal law that allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of the other states. DOMA defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman
Vermont was the first state to legally recognize civil unions between same-sex couples which entitled the couples to the same benefits as spouses. However, these unions were still not considered to be marriages.
Court rules sodomy laws to be unconstitutional. Justice Scalia (dissented) predicted the ruling would lead to legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage.
Legalization happened as a result of Goodridge v. Department of Health ruling
Court unanimously voted that valid same-sex marriages performed in other states must be recognized by employers in New York. This granted same-sex couples the same rights as other couples.
Court rules same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriages. However, marriages that occurred prior to the ruling were still recognized.
Voters legalized same-sex marriage. Public beginning to allow same-sex marriage.
Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote that DOMA is unconstitutional. Federal benefits available to legally married same-sex couples.