This week, same-sex couples across the United States flocked to courthouses with hopes of securing marriage licenses and a place in history. The Supreme Court refused to hear five states' appeals of pending gay marriage cases on Monday, essentially clearing the way for same-sex marriages to take place in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. Those states began issuing marriage certificates earlier this week. In other states, though, there has been some confusion.
Timeline: Key Moments in Fight for Gay Rights
Timeline: Key Moments in Fight for Gay Rights Photos - ABC News
While many of us recall the human rights victory of June 26, , when the U. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, it's also important to remember the long road to marriage equality in the United States—and worldwide. As we looked back at iconic moments in history, to stunning celebrity real weddings and beyond, the editors at BAZAAR Bride also contended with how little imagery of same-sex weddings existed prior to the mid-'90s. With that in mind, we're taking a look back and forward on the history of same-sex weddings—in photos—and toasting all the victories before and after that joyous day in , in honor of Pride Month, the anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage, and in celebration of love and equality. A year after the Stonewall riots, which ushered in a wave of gay rights activism, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell pictured here were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in the United States. The two applied in Minneapolis, were turned down in Hennepin County, and then continued to fight their case to the Supreme Court, who dismissed the case "for want of a substantial federal question. That ruling blocked federal courts from ruling on on same-sex marriage for decades to come, leaving the decision to legalize same-sex unions to the states.
How Making History Unmade A Family
Wikimedia Commons Pirate symbols and myths are strong, but there are fascinating under-discussed elements to their communities, like matelotage. Pirates have been an endless source of fascination for centuries — their rootless ways, their quests for treasure, and their sophisticated and stateless societies hold a strong appeal. But one little known aspect of their culture is matelotage — a sort of pirate civil union.
The path to the Supreme Court has been marked by many same-sex marriage victories and few defeats. Nelson , a Minnesota case filed by a gay couple seeking to marry, "for want of a substantial federal question. May 5, Hawaii Supreme Court rules that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the state Constitution. July 1, Civil unions for same-sex couples become legal in Vermont. Department of Public Health.