Same-sex marriages were recognized by the federal government in when the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act Windsor v. United States and allowed same-sex couples to be treated as married for all federal tax purposes, as long as they were legally married in a state that recognized their marriage. In , the court went further, establishing via their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all states. When compared with different-sex couples filing jointly, the analysis reveals that same-sex joint filers are generally younger, higher income, and less likely to claim dependent children. The authors estimate that about , same-sex couples filed joint tax returns in
In each of the past three annual polls, Gallup has recorded three-percentage point increases among Americans who say same-sex marriages should be legally valid. Some of the increases in support may be due to greater numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT adults getting married in the U. Using data for all of , Gallup has found that more than This means that Americans are more likely to know someone who has married a same-sex partner, and the visibility of these marriages may be playing a role in overturning some folks' previously held opposition to their legal status. Gay marriage became legal nationwide in upon the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision. This came more than a decade after the first state, Massachusetts, had legalized gay marriage. In the years leading up to the decision, a patchwork of state laws were created for and against same-sex marriage.
May 24 marked the first day that gay and lesbian couples in Taiwan can register to marry. Countries where same-sex marriage is legal in some areas but not nationwide were excluded. To date, only 29 out of the countries in the world have legalized same-sex marriage. While many same-sex couples have no choice but to wait for legalization — some are together for decades before they are finally able to marry — in many countries, people who can choose to get married are doing so later in life.
Calls are growing in Japan for same-sex marriage to be legalized so LGBT couples can enjoy the same benefits that heterosexual couples do. While six governments in Japan recognize same-sex partnerships, ensuring such couples the same treatment and entitlement to local services as married couples, most gay people still face discrimination when searching for public housing, visiting critically ill partners in hospitals or inheriting property, on the legal grounds that they are not family. The U.