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Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upholds same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
District Judge Robert Shelby strikes down Utah's gay marriage ban; more than 1,000 same-sex couples marry over the next two weeks.
The path to the Supreme Court has been marked by many same-sex marriage victories and few defeats. 1, 1973: Maryland becomes the first state to pass a statute banning same-sex marriages. 7, 2006: Constitutional amendments banning gay marriage are passed in seven more states.
May 5, 1993: Hawaii Supreme Court rules that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the state Constitution. 21, 1996: President Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which would deny federal benefits to married same-sex couples. 3, 1996: A judge in Hawaii upholds the right of same-sex couples to marry. 3, 1998: Hawaii voters approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. 22, 1999: California becomes the first state to pass a domestic partnership statute. May 15, 2008: California Supreme Court strikes down a state law banning same-sex marriage, and gay couples begin marrying a month later. 10, 2008: Connecticut Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. 4, 2008: California voters approve Proposition 8, which bans gays and lesbians from marrying.
June 26, 2015: Attorney Evan Wolfson is seen at his office at the Freedom to Marry organization in New York. Wolfson has fought for most of his adult life to have same-sex marriage legalized in the United States.
District Judge Karen Schreier strikes down South Dakota's ban on gay marriage, now on appeal. 16, 2015: Supreme Court agrees to hear six consolidated cases from all four states where same-sex marriage bans were upheld in November -- Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Hodges, a group of six consolidated cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. Supreme Court to recognize gay couples' constitutional right to marry has proved victorious.