July 4, - United Church of Christ Backs Same-Sex Marriage "The United Church of Christ became the first mainline Christian denomination to support same-sex marriage officially when its general synod passed a resolution on Monday [July 4, ] affirming 'equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender.
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Newdowa claim brought by atheist Michael Newdow alleging that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance including the words "under God" in school classrooms violated the rights of his daughter, who he said was also an atheist. At that time, no state permitted gays and lesbians to marry.
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Charles B. Associate justices J. Committee members had little taste for a second battle over Scalia and were in any event reluctant to oppose the first Italian-American Supreme Court nominee. May 14, - Minnesota Becomes 12th US State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage "Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday made Minnesota the nation's 12th state to allow same-sex couples to marry and only the second in the Midwest, signing a bill on the steps of the state Capitol before thousands of supporters.
The ruling, which cannot be appealed and is to take effect on Oct. She is the world's first openly gay head of government.