Skip to main content. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse. Can I now sponsor my spouse for a family-based immigrant visa?
Gay Marriage Is Legal in All 50 States: Supreme Court
Same-Sex Marriage, State by State | Pew Research Center
CNN Not too long ago, the question was what states would be among the first to allow same-sex marriages. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Same-sex marriage in the U. Carlos McKnight of Washington waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the U.
In a landmark ruling issued in , the U. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution allows for same-sex marriage, effectively overturning remaining restrictions in place in states. Most other states had enacted constitutional or statutory bans on same-sex marriage, known as "Defense of Marriage" Acts. The following map shows state laws prior to the Supreme Court ruling:. Pat McCrory won't sign a bill that would have allowed magistrates to opt out of performing weddings if they have religious objections.
In the landmark decision, the majority of justices ruled that states must license same-sex marriages and also recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. Each filed their own dissenting opinion.