Many of the largest U. At the same time, in the past two decades, several other religious groups also have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. Another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church U. Among the four largest mainline Protestant churches , the same-sex marriage debate has not been simple. And the debate within the Presbyterian Church has already led some congregations to break away and join other, more conservative Presbyterian denominations.
Attitudes on Same-Sex Marriage
Legal status of same-sex marriage - Wikipedia
About Follow Donate. In , the U. Supreme Court ruled all state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry nationwide. This timeline highlights the changes in state policies leading up to that ruling, starting in — when Utah became the first state to enact a Defense of Marriage Act DOMA.
TFP Student Action
LGBT rights opposition is the opposition to legal rights , proposed or enacted, for lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender people. Organizations influential in LGBT rights opposition frequently oppose the enactment of laws making same-sex marriage legal, the passage of anti-discrimination laws aimed at curtailing anti-LGBT discrimination , including in employment and housing, the passage of anti-bullying laws to protect LGBT minors, laws decriminalizing same-gender relationships, and other LGBT rights related laws. These groups are often religious or socially conservative in nature. Such opposition can be motivated by homophobia , transphobia , bigotry , animosity,  religion , moral beliefs , political ideologies , or other reasons. Laws that LGBT rights opponents may be opposed to include civil unions or partnerships , LGBT parenting and adoption , military service , access to assisted reproductive technology , and access to sex reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy for transgender individuals.
Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. Of the 18 groups profiled below, the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC will be listing 13 next year as hate groups, reflecting further research into their views; those are each marked with an asterisk. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups. Abiding Truth Ministries serves mainly as a launching pad for an international anti-gay campaign.