Prior to the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges , U. The amendments define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and prevent civil unions or same-sex marriages from being legalized, though some of the amendments bar only the latter. The Obergefell decision in June invalidated these state constitutional amendments insofar as they prevented same-sex couples from marrying, even though the actual text of these amendments remain written into the state constitutions. Thirty-one U.
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Virginia is one of those states, and its first openly LGBTQ legislator is leading the charge to ax the outdated law. Democratic state Sen. It tells them that they matter, that they are equal to everyone else in the state. Vee Lamneck, Equality Virginia. On Feb.
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With most of the precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against. North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage. Tami Fitzgerald, who heads the pro-amendment group Vote FOR Marriage NC, said she believes the initiative awoke a silent majority of more active voters in the future. In the final days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama's cabinet expressed support for gay marriage and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to oppose the amendment. Supporters of the amendment responded with marches, television ads and speeches.
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Ohio , and same-sex marriage has been legally recognized since June as a result of Obergefell v. Supreme Court's ruling in Bostock v. In addition, a number of Ohio cities including Columbus , Cincinnati , Cleveland , Dayton and Toledo have passed anti-discrimination ordinances providing protections in housing and public accommodations. Conversion therapy is also banned in a number of cities. In December , a federal judge invalidated an unconstitutional law banning sex changes on an individual's birth certificate within Ohio.