For more than a decade, the battle over same-sex marriage and other rights for gay couples has been hard fought in U. Use this timeline to view milestones in the fight and how state laws have changed since On June 26, , the U. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide.
Gay Marriage: Same-sex couples marry in California
Gay Marriage: Same-sex couples marry in California - WELT
You would need to follow the steps above to become legally married in California. Under California law, Domestic Partnerships still exist and are available for same-sex couples. In some cases, it may provide a legal advantage to have a legal domestic partnership and legal marriage. As a same-sex couple, it may help if you move to another state. It may also help protect you when traveling in other states or countries.
California Same-Sex Marriage FAQ
The ruling was released minutes after a separate Supreme Court opinion striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Together, the twin rulings represented a major victory for same-sex marriage advocates. By a margin, the court ruled that Proposition 8's defenders, private citizens, did not have legal standing to defend the ban in court, because the state's leadership had declined to do so.
A t least five county clerks around the state extended their hours Monday to honor specific couples or to mark the historic occasion, and many couples exchanged vows on the spot. The May 15 California Supreme Court order overturning bans on same-sex marriage became final at p. The big rush to the altar was expected Tuesday, when most counties planned to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of couples nationwide are expected to seize the opportunity to make their unions official in the eyes of the law. Newsom picked the couple for the only ceremony Monday in City Hall to recognize their year relationship and their status as pioneers of the gay rights movement.