On May 2,Rhode Island Gov. Voters there approved same-sex marriage in Novemberdefeating a challenge by opponents. Jack Markell holds up legislation on May 7,allowing same-sex couples to wed in the state. September 3, - Judge Martin L. Paxton said the Supreme Court ruling was a "lawless decision" and that it was necessary for his role as attorney general to support the religious liberties of local officials whose job it was to issue marriage licenses. June 13, - District Judge Barbara Crabb temporarily blocks same-sex marriages in Wisconsin, pending appeals.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill just before midnight.
State-by-State History of Banning and Legalizing Gay Marriage, 1994-2015
As of March 21,at least 22 states have proposals pending to address the issue of solemnization of marriage and religious exemptions. Hodgesthere were 37 states that had already legalized same-sex marriages. November 12, - A South Carolina federal judge strikes down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, delaying the effective date until November 20, allowing time for an appeal by the state's attorney general. July 6, - The New York Court of Appeals rules that a state law banning same-sex marriage is legal, and the Georgia Supreme Court upholds the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. March 14, - A Superior Court judge rules that California's law that limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.
February 1, - The Washington Senate passes a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, by a vote of Supreme Court on June 26, Therefore, Same-sex marriage becomes legal in those states. Separate orders will have to be issued for affected states in the region outside Virginia. March 30, - The highest court in Massachusetts rules that same-sex couples who live in other states cannot get married in Massachusetts unless same-sex marriage is legal in their home states. Jamous Lizotte, right, and Steven Jones pose for photos while waiting for a marriage license in Portland, Maine, on December 29,