But eying a path to narrow the reach of that ruling, two taxpayers - represented by same-sex marriage
opponents - are suing Houston over its policy and took their case to the Texas Supreme Court after losing in a lower state court.
Also, as future generations of LGBT adults come of age, having grown up in a time when there were no legal restrictions on same-sex marriage
and greatly reduced societal norms against it, they may marry at higher rates than LGBT Americans in generations before them.
It is now unclear whether affected states will be required to recognize, retroactively, a same-sex marriage
entered into in a different state, or only beginning on the date of the court's decision.
Yet, to the states seeking to ban same-sex marriage
, Justice Kennedy said that the reasoning behind including same-sex couples can be argued: "Same-sex couples say, of course: 'We understand the nobility and the sacredness of the marriage.
As of Oct 15, 2014, there are 16 countries worldwide that have laws enabling same-sex marriages
, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Arica, Sweden, Uruguay, parts of Mexico, a majority of the U.
proponents have since enjoyed a stunning string of legal victories, winning more than 20 court decisions around the US.
Connecticut's high court legalizes same-sex marriage
after finding civil unions aren't equal to marriage.
Far from folding in the face of the momentum carrying same-sex marriage
across the country, some thought-leaders urge opponents to double down on their opposition.
Despite their support of same-sex marriage
, a majority of American Catholics surveyed said they were aware that their view contradicted church teaching: Fifty-three percent agreed that same-sex marriage
went against their religious beliefs.
While advocates of same-sex marriage
believe their rights are being violated when marriage is denied them, opponents claim their fights are violated when same-sex marriage
is thrust upon them (35).
However, in Missouri the governor has signed an executive order to file joint state returns even though they don't allow same-sex marriages
That allowed the majority to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act without requiring any state to change its laws regarding same-sex marriage