Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Same-sex marriage in the U. Carlos McKnight of Washington waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the U.
Supreme Court on June 26, The Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, handing gay rights advocates their biggest victory yet.
See photos from states that approved same-sex marriage before the nationwide ruling: Hide Caption 1 of 33 Photos: Shante Wolfe, left, and Tori Sisson become the first same-sex couple to file their marriage license in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 9, However, seven months after the U.
Supreme Court ruling legalizing such nuptials nationwide, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore directed probate judges in his state to enforce the ban on same-sex marriage. Gay rights organizations swiftly denounced Moore's January 6, , order. Hide Caption 2 of 33 Photos: Florida began allowing same-sex marriages after a federal judge struck down the state's ban. Hide Caption 3 of 33 Photos: Chad Biggs, left, and Chris Creech say their wedding vows at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 10, , after a federal judge ruled that same-sex marriage can begin in the state.
Hide Caption 4 of 33 Photos: Joshua Gunter, right, and Bryan Shields attend a Las Vegas rally to celebrate an appeals court ruling that overturned Nevada's same-sex marriage ban on October 7, Hide Caption 5 of 33 Photos: Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Utah when it declined to hear the state's appeal of a lower court ruling. Hide Caption 6 of 33 Photos: Hide Caption 7 of 33 Photos: Hide Caption 8 of 33 Photos: Mary Bishop, second from left, and Sharon Baldwin, right, celebrate with family and friends following their wedding ceremony on the courthouse steps in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 6, Hide Caption 9 of 33 Photos: Hide Caption 10 of 33 Photos: The date marked the first day that all of Illinois' counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Hide Caption 11 of 33 Photos: William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe get close after having their photo taken with their marriage certificate May 21, , at Philadelphia City Hall.
Hide Caption 12 of 33 Photos: A federal judge struck down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Hide Caption 13 of 33 Photos: Rambo and Seaton were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs after a judge overturned Amendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in Arkansas. Hide Caption 14 of 33 Photos: Same-sex couples get their marriage licenses at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 22, , a day after a federal judge overturned Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
Hide Caption 15 of 33 Photos: On November 13, , Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, left, and former state Sen. Avery Chumbley celebrate with a copy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser after Abercrombie signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.
Hide Caption 16 of 33 Photos: Hide Caption 17 of 33 Photos: Plaintiffs Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, center, walk with attorney Peggy Tomsic on December 4, , after a judge heard arguments challenging Utah's same-sex marriage ban. Hide Caption 18 of 33 Photos: The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state's request to prevent same-sex marriages temporarily, clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry.
Hide Caption 19 of 33 Photos: Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage on June 26, The high court cleared the way for same-sex couples in California to resume marrying after dismissing an appeal on Proposition 8 on jurisdictional grounds.
The court also struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Hide Caption 20 of 33 Photos: At the state Capitol in St.
Mark Dayton signs a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on May 14, Hide Caption 21 of 33 Photos: Jack Markell holds up legislation on May 7, , allowing same-sex couples to wed in the state. Hide Caption 22 of 33 Photos: Rhode Island state Sen.
Donna Nesselbush, right, embraces a supporter after the Marriage Equality Act was signed into law at the statehouse in Providence on May 2, Hide Caption 23 of 33 Photos: Jamous Lizotte, right, and Steven Jones pose for photos while waiting for a marriage license in Portland, Maine, on December 29, Hide Caption 24 of 33 Photos: On March 1, , Maryland Gov. The law was challenged, but voters approved marriage equality in a November referendum.
Hide Caption 25 of 33 Photos: On February 13, , Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire celebrates after signing marriage-equality legislation into law. Voters there approved same-sex marriage in November , defeating a challenge by opponents.
Hide Caption 26 of 33 Photos: Hide Caption 27 of 33 Photos: Same-sex marriage became legal in Washington in March Hide Caption 28 of 33 Photos: Olin Burkhart, left, and Carl Burkhart kiss on the steps of the New Hampshire Capitol on January 1, , after the state's law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect.
Hide Caption 29 of 33 Photos: In May , Maine state Sen. Dennis Damon, left, hands Gov. John Baldacci the bill that the state Senate passed to affirm the right of same-sex couples to marry. Hide Caption 30 of 33 Photos: Amy Klein-Matheny, left, and her wife, Jennifer, exchange vows in Iowa after same-sex couples were allowed to marry there with an April 3, , court ruling. Hide Caption 31 of 33 Photos: Hide Caption 32 of 33 Photos: The two wed in after Massachusetts approved same-sex marriage.
Massachusetts was the first state to do so.