June 26, - The Supreme Court rejects parts of the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA in a decision, dismissing an appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds and ruling same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits. In Februarythe bill was passed with 11 votes to 2. Foreign marriages recognized as marriage in Israel, with unclear rights in Estonia. November 4, - Voters in California approve Proposition 8, which will amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. December 3, - A state court ruling makes Hawaii the first state to recognize that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same privileges as heterosexual married couples. In Augusta lawyer in El Salvador filed a lawsuit before the country's Supreme Court asking for the nullification of Article 11 of the Family Code, which defines marriage as a heterosexual union.
Lawmakers in Thailand and Vietnam have considered bills to legalize same-sex marriage or civil partnerships.
In Junethe National Assembly began formal debate on a proposal to establish legal recognition for same-sex marriage. Again, the Court ruled that it must. The judge stays implementation of the ruling pending appeals. He feels that the legal decision should be up to the states to determine.
Parliament overrode his veto on 13 October.