Social Security The Social Security Administration now recognizes same-sex marriages for purposes of determining benefits. The couples do not have legal rights on a federal level or within states that do not recognize civil unions. Supreme Judicial Court ". Beshear that Kentucky's refusal to license same-sex marriages was unconstitutional and stayed that ruling. President Obama and many elected leaders have come to embrace marriage equality as have a majority of Americans.
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Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts
The Democratic National Convention adopted a platform that "oppose[s]the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us" and suggested support for same-sex marriage: District Court Judge Bernard A. It argued that the SJC's decision deprived the people of Massachusetts of their right to a republican government. New Jersey began issuing same-sex marriage licenses on October 21,following a September 27 state superior court decision that found an equal protection right of same-sex couples to marry. Beshear that Kentucky's refusal to license same-sex marriages was unconstitutional and stayed that ruling. As of lateMassachusetts remained the only state to recognize same-sex marriage. More than 1, gay and lesbian couples streamed into city and town halls across the state yesterday seeking licenses to marry, as Massachusetts marked the first day of legalized same-sex matrimony.