Timeline of gay marriage in the United States

Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:10pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued rulings on two high-profile gay marriage cases. The court struck down a central part of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to a man and a woman, and also let stand a lower-court ruling throwing out California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

Following is a timeline of important events in the history of gay marriage in the United States.

1969

- The modern gay liberation movement unofficially kicks off with the Stonewall Riots, demonstrations by gays in response to a police raid in New York City.

1972

- The U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that the law does not allow for same-sex marriage, and that the issue is different from interracial marriage.

1973

- Maryland becomes the first state to pass a statute banning gay marriage.

1977   Continued...