It defines marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman, and allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of other states. The act's provisions were ruled unconstitutional or left effectively unenforceable by Supreme Court decisions in the cases of United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges Same-sex marriage emerged as an issue in the late s, drawing opposition especially from socially conservative groups.
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Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. The court ruled that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states. Immediately after the decision, same-sex couples in many of states where gay marriage had been banned headed to county clerks' offices for marriage licenses as state officials issued statements saying they would respect the ruling.
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Same-sex marriage is legal in all parts of the United Kingdom. As marriage is a devolved legislative matter , different parts of the UK legalised same-sex marriage at different times; it has been recognised and performed in England and Wales since March , in Scotland since December , and in Northern Ireland since January Same-sex marriage is legal in nine of the fourteen British Overseas Territories. Civil partnerships were legalised in the Cayman Islands on 4 September Same-sex marriage is legal in the Crown dependencies.
Same sex marriage became legal in Texas in after the U. Supreme Court issued their decision on the case Obergefell v Hodges [PDF] , which legalized same-sex marriage in every state. The marriage application process is the same for every couple in Texas.