Marriage Equality Since DOMA’s Downfall
It’s been a remarkable year for marriage equality. Since section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was overruled by the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor 14 states have either legalized marriage equality, or the ban on marriage equality has been ruled unconstitutional, while two other states have been ordered to recognize of out-of-state same-sex marriages.
This timeline shows the progression of marriage equality since the end of DOMA. In most, if not all, of the judicial rulings they judge’s have cited the Windsor case as one of the reasons of ruling marriage bans unconstitutional.
September 27, 2013
New Jersey high court overrules the gay marriage ban in Garden State Equality v. Dow. Gov. Chris Christie later drops the state’s appeal.
November 13, 2013
Hawaii Marriage Equality Act passed by the Hawaii State Legislature paving the way for gay marriages in the state.
November 20, 2013
Marriage equality is passed by the Illinois General Assembly and the law goes into effect June 1.
December 19, 2013
New Mexico Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage in Griego v. Oliver.
December 20, 2013
United States District Court for the District of Utah overturns the gay marriage ban in Utah in Kitchen v. Herbert.
January 14, 2014
United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma overturns the gay marriage ban in Oklahoma in Bishop v. Oklahoma.
February 12, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn rules Kentucky’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional.