February 7, - A three-judge panel with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules that Proposition 8, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, violates the constitution. March 14, - A federal preliminary injunction is ordered against Tennessee's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states. May 1, Same-sex couples in Sweden could register for civil unions as early asbut in April the Swedish Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage in both religious and civil ceremonies. October 10, - The Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford rules that the state must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Then in Decemberdespite opposition from the country's Christian Democratic Party, legislation passed that expanded the definition of marriage to include people of the same sex. Beginning inthe Belgian parliament offered limited rights to same-sex couples through registered partnerships. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions.
In addition, the team analyzed data on more than 10, participants in the American National Elections Studies, which asked people to indicate the level of warmth they felt toward gays and lesbians. Voters in Minnesota reject a ban on the issue. Months of debate ended in the British Parliament when a same-sex marriage bill passed in July and was ratified by the Queen the next day. Bush announces support for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The law grants same-sex couples who marry all the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children.