It ruled that the restriction violated equal protection and due process for married same-sex couples. Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation on Nov. In , Connecticut became the second state to enact a state law providing civil unions to same-sex couples. Circuit Courts of Appeal to stand. The earlier New Jersey Supreme Court decision had required the state to offer the same legal rights to same-sex couples that married, opposite sex couples had. The New Jersey Legislature passed a same-sex marriage bill in February , but the measure was vetoed by Governor Christie. Connecticut became the second state to allow same-sex marriage.
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New Hampshire legislation also created civil unions in , making it the fourth state to adopt that approach. The effect of that decision was to reinstate the federal district court decision overturning Proposition 8, thus allowing same sex marriage in California. The law went into effect July 1, Delaware passed same-sex marriage legislation and Governor Markell signed the bill into law on May 7, On the same date, Minnesota voters voted against a constitutional prohibition of same-sex marriages. In February, the court answered, "segregating same-sex unions from opposite-sex unions cannot possibly be held rationally to advance or preserve" the governmental aim of encouraging "stable adult relationships for the good of the individual and of the community, especially its children.
Description:The federal government did not recognize civil unions as marriages so couples in a civil union could not have access to the same federal benefits. Voters upheld the law and it went into effect on Jan. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the four cases. New Hampshire also passed same-sex marriage legislation in June , bringing the total number of states that allowed same-sex marriage to five. The pace of state legislative action quickened in Copyright by National Conference of State Legislatures. The Senate agreed to the amendment.