April 14, - Oregon's Supreme Court nullifies the same-sex marriage licenses issued there in The Portuguese President promulgated the law on 8 April and the law was effective on 5 Junemaking Portugal the eighth country to legalize nationwide same-sex marriage; however, adoption was still denied for same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage in France. Change came gradually in the Netherlands — the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. Since the beginning ofseveral anti-gay marriage protests with occasionally volatile crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands have taken place in Paris and elsewhere. The order was effective immediately, thus making Chihuahua the third state to legalize such unions.
The Book of Leviticus prohibited homosexual relations Lev.
November 6, - Voters in Maryland, Washington and Maine pass referendums legalizing same-sex marriage. In Decembera South Korean appeals court upheld the district court ruling. The NAACPthe leading African-American civil rights organization, has pledged its support for gay rights and same-sex marriage, stating that they "support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution", and has declared that same-sex marriage is a civil right. Portugal created de facto unions similar to common-law marriage for cohabiting opposite-sex partners inand extended these unions to same-sex couples in
Support for same-sex marriage among white evangelical Protestants remains lower than it is among other religious groups.