About Follow Donate. In , the U. Supreme Court ruled all state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry nationwide. This timeline highlights the changes in state policies leading up to that ruling, starting in — when Utah became the first state to enact a Defense of Marriage Act DOMA. Several other states previously had approved statutes defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Hawaii voters approve constitutional language allowing their legislature to determine policy on same-sex marriage, effectively overturning a series of earlier court decisions that may have required the state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
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Idaho legislators rejected a bill that would have blocked marriage for youth under age 16 in the state, The Idaho Statesman reported. The bill, proposed, by Democratic Representative Melissa Wintrow, aimed to prevent children under 16 from getting married and would require consent of the child, parents and a court before a marriage. Current state law allows children younger than years-old to get married with parental and judicial consent, and teens who are 16 and older to get married with only parental consent. Advocacy group Unchained at Last released a report last year that noted from to , Idaho had the highest rate of child marriage of the 38 states that released data. During the decade tracked, 4, children in Idaho had marriages. I think two willing people should be able to go and get married. Republican Representative Christy Zito mentioned abortion, which is legal in Idaho before age 18 with approval from a parent or judge, when discussing the vote.
Idaho has become the latest state in which same-sex couples are seeking to have the right of marriage, after two couples that married elsewhere joined two couples who want to wed and filed suit against the state on Friday. District Court against Idaho Gov. The state is one of 34 to have some form of legal prohibition against same-sex marriage. Fourteen states plus the District of Columbia presently allow same-sex couples to wed.
Same-sex couples began marrying in Idaho on October 15, after the U. Chief Magistrate Candy W. History and the Path to Victory: January 1, A state statute passed by the Idaho Legislature takes effect, restricting marriage to different-sex couples.