However, 18, such marriages performed before Proposition 8 will remain valid. A stay on same-sex marriages in California remains in place until the issue is exhausted in the courts. Shante Wolfe, left, and Tori Sisson become the first same-sex couple to file their marriage license in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 9, ET Magazine looks at the countries which have preceded Australia and those which still criminalise same-sex sexual relations: Couples are free to marry as the case continues through the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Separate orders will have to be issued for affected states in the region outside Virginia.
Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts
Chad Biggs, left, and Chris Creech say their wedding vows at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 10,after a federal judge ruled that same-sex marriage can begin in the state. Gay rights activists are hopeful after the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy is a fundamental right: The nearly 4, sanctioned marriages are later nullified by the California Supreme Court. September 3, - Judge Martin L. Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill just before midnight. He feels that the legal decision should be up to the states to determine. December 24, - The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denies a request from Utah officials to temporarily stay a lower court's ruling that allows same-sex marriage there.
July 23, - A federal judge rules that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. November 4, - Voters in California approve Proposition 8, which will amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Section was fully re-instated by the Supreme Court inand it criminalizes and punishes all penile non-vaginal sexual acts. May 12, - A federal judge strikes down Nebraska's ban on protection and recognition of same-sex couples. Neighboring Benton County follows on March July 9, - Judge Joseph Tauro of Massachusetts rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it interferes with a state's right to define marriage.