Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. The state had previously restricted marriage to male-female couples by statute in By legislation passed in , it denied recognition to same-sex relationships established in other jurisdictions. A lawsuit challenging the state's refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Baskin v. Bogan , won a favorable ruling from the U. Until the U.
Russia Moves to Ban Gay Marriage
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A referendum to establish a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Romania has failed - after only a fifth of voters bothered to turn out. Romanians were being asked whether they wanted the constitution changed to specify that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Mihai Gheorghiu, president of the pro-referendum Coalition for Family, told the BBC ahead of the vote they were trying "to protect, at a constitutional level, the definition of marriage - between one woman and one man". The low turnout comes despite the support of the powerful Orthodox church, and the unusual step by the government of extending the vote to two days instead of one. The constitution will retain its current, neutral wording - that a family "is founded on the freely consented marriage of the spouses". However, in practice not much will change: Romania does not recognise gay marriage or civil unions. The party's leader, Liviu Dragnea, was due in court this week to appeal against a jail sentence of three and a half years for his involvement in a fake jobs scandal - but his appeal was delayed for another month on Monday morning.
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Hodges making same-sex marriage the law of the land, most states still have outdated laws on their books like the ones Virginia just repealed. Indiana is one of those states, though an attempt to remove its gay marriage ban was unsuccessful last month in the Republican-controlled state Legislature. In fact, GOP opposition to its removal derailed legislation seeking to raise the legal age to marry in the state from 15 to