Websites against same sex marriage
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, same-sex couples saw the first signs of hope on the marriage front in a long time.In 1989, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that allowed homosexual couples and unmarried heterosexual couples to register for domestic partnerships, which granted hospital visitation rights and other benefits. Then, in 1993, the highest court in Hawaii ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage may violate that state constitution’s Equal Protection Clause—the first time a state court has ever inched toward making gay marriage legal.Baker and Mc Connell appealed, but the state Supreme Court affirmed the trial judge’s decision in 1971. In 1973, for instance, Maryland became the first state to create a law that explicitly defines marriage as a union between a man and woman.Other states quickly followed suit: Virginia in 1975, and Florida, California and Wyoming in 1977. In 1970, just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James Mc Connell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States.
Clerk Gerald Nelson rejected their application because they were a same-sex couple, and a trial court upheld his decision. Supreme Court in 1972 declined to hear the case “for want of a substantial federal question.” This ruling effectively blocked federal courts from ruling on same-sex marriage for decades, leaving the decision solely in the hands of states, which dealt blow after blow to those hoping to see gay marriage becoming legal.
In 1998, Hawaii voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state.