The court gave the government until May 24,to change the law. November 6, He feels that the legal decision should be up to the states to determine. Freedom to Marry. August 1, On April 17, the New Zealand Parliament gave final approval to a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage, making the Pacific island nation the 13th country in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to allow gays and lesbians to wed. San Francisco Chronicle.
The movement to obtain marriage rights for same-sex couples expanded steadily from that time until in late lawsuits had been brought in every state that still denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Virgin Islands. Marriages licensed between December 20,and January 6, Retrieved February 6,
Same-sex marriage ban struck down