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for supporters of same-sex marriage, fridays ruling comes as a long-awaited bookend to the supreme courts 2013 ruling that struck down the federal defense of marriage. Australia has officially become the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage after the law was passed on thursday with the overwhelming backing of the federal parliament. Doma was passed in1996 to deny all benefits and recognition to same-sex couples. But in 2013, the supreme court ruled it unconstitutional under the equal protection clause in u. in a landmark opinion, a divided supreme court on friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory. 2010 - californias voter-passed ban on same-sex marriage from 2008, known as prop 8, is declared unconstitutional. Washington state, maine, and maryland legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. the marriage (same sex couples) bill completed its historic journey through parliament by receiving royal assent today, officially making it law. 18, 2013) on april 17, 2013, the new zealand parliament passed the marriage (definition of marriage) amendment bill by a margin of 77-44. , same-sex marriage law passed, the ?new zealand herald (apr. ) the bill amends the marriage act 1955 to add a definition of marriage that states that it means.