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Civil rights campaigning in favor of marriage without distinction as to sex or sexual orientation began in the 1970s.The issue became prominent from around 1993, when the Supreme Court of Hawaii ruled in Baehr v.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. The NAACP, the veteran African-American civil rights organization, has pledged its support for gay rights and same-sex marriage, stating that they "support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution".

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights organization in the United States, states that "many same-sex couples want the right to legally marry because they are in love — many, in fact, have spent the last 10, 20 or 50 years with that person — and they want to honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer, by making a public commitment to stand together in good times and bad, through all the joys and challenges family life brings." According to American history scholar Nancy Cott, who rejects alternatives to same-sex marriage (such as civil unions), "there really is no comparison, because there is nothing that is like marriage except marriage." One of the largest scale uses of social media to mobilize support for same-sex marriage preceded and coincided with the arrival at the U. Supreme Court of high-profile legal cases for Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act in March 2013.

In 2007, Mildred Loving, the joint plaintiff along with her husband Richard Loving in the 1967 landmark civil rights case of Loving v.

Virginia in which the Supreme Court of United States struck down all state bans on inter-racial marriage, expressed her support for same-sex marriage and compared it to inter-racial marriage.

In 2018, 67% of Americans supported same-sex marriage, while only 31% opposed.

In the United States, professional organizations including the American Anthropological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Sociological Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Nursing, and the National Association of Social Workers have stated that claims that the legal recognition of marriage for same–sex couples undermines the institution of marriage and harms children are inconsistent with the scientific evidence supporting the following conclusions: that homosexuality is a natural and normal human sexuality, that sexual orientation cannot be chosen or influenced, that gay people form stable and committed relationships essentially equivalent to the relationships of heterosexuals, that same-sex parents are no less capable than opposite-sex parents to raise children, that no civilization or viable social order depends on restricting marriage to heterosexuals, and that the children of same-sex couples fare just as well or even better than the children of opposite-sex couples.

In the 1990s, he had supported same-sex marriage while campaigning for the Illinois Senate.

In December 2010, he expressed support for civil unions with rights equivalent to marriage and for federal recognition of same-sex relationships.

In 2015, national public support for same-sex marriage rose to 60% for the first time.

In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the landmark civil rights case of Obergefell v.

In 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down DOMA for violating the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution in the landmark civil rights case of United States v.