Affirmation of religious freedom. This Part does not authorize any court or other state or local governmental body, entity, agency or commission to compel, prevent or interfere in any way with any religious institution's religious doctrine, policy, teaching or solemnization of marriage within that particular religious faith's tradition as guaranteed by the Maine Constitution, Article 1, Section 3 or the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. He also related homosexuality with areas of San Francisco known for a large gay male population, saying he would not shake hands with persons there. Its parliament had passed the measure legalizing gay marriage earlier in All marriage contracts which are valid by the laws of the country in which contracted are valid in this state. Retrieved June 25, Copenhagen Post.
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.
Gay couples in Sweden had been allowed to register for civil unions since On May 2,Rhode Island Gov. A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited. The Nixon Years.
The ruling came less than two decades after President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act DOMAwhich defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, thereby denying same-sex couples federal marriage benefits, such as access to health care, social security, and tax benefits, as well as green cards for immigrant spouses of U.