The history of same-sex marriage in the United States dates from the early 1970s, when the first lawsuits seeking legal recognition of same-sex relationships brought the question of civil marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples to public attention though they proved unsuccessful. Same-sex marriage - Same-sex marriage - United States: In the United States the question of whether couples of the same sex should be allowed to marry has roiled politics since at least 1993.
State level bans against same-sex marriage licenses became obsolete in June 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell vs. Hodges that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The decision was an unprecedented step forward in the gay rights movement when the court ruled in a 5-4 decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under federal law. Thirty-seven states had legalized same-sex marriage prior to the Supreme Court ruling.