Gay Marriage
Updated: 6/12/2020
Gay Marriage
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  • New York has finally torn down the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry.
  • the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), resulted in President Bill Clinton signed it into law on September 1996 banning same-sex marriage.
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on June 24, 2011, just hours after the New York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act.
  • Vice President Joe Biden in a May 2012 appearance on NBC News' "Meet the Press" announced that he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage.
  • The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, passed in 1996 in response to Hawaii's brief flirtation with legalizing same sex-marriage, was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in the June 2013 landmark U.S. v. Windsor decision.
  • Citing its 2013 decision that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court in the landmark June 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision found a constitutional right to marriage that included same-sex couples, legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
  • On June 28, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the New York City riot that sparked the modern gay rights movement, transformed into a giant global celebration of LGBTQ rights ofcourse including gay marriage.
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