Lewin that declared that state's prohibition to be unconstitutional. The high court ruled that the lower court judges lacked legal standing to bring the suits. A recent Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans — an all-time high — support extending the same rights and privileges to same-sex marriages as traditional ones. Friday's ruling overturned that decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Voters in Minnesota reject a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. On appeal, the United States Supreme Court denied to hear the case, establishing it as a federal precedent as it came from a mandatory appellate review. In , the congress of the northern state of Coahuila approved same-sex marriage, and in , neighboring Chihuahua followed suit. The new law allows for religious institutions and civil officers to refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, a provision that critics claim violates the rights of same-sex couples under the constitution. Finland becomes the last of the five Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage, joining Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry A decade later, the parliament passed a measure allowing gay couples to adopt children. Civil unions have been permitted in Uruguay since , and gay and lesbian couples were given adoption rights in More On The Ruling, And Obama's Reaction "The ancient origins of marriage confirm its centrality, but it has not stood in isolation from developments in law and society," Kennedy wrote. The law allows gays and lesbians to marry in both religious and civil ceremonies, but it does not require clergy to officiate at such ceremonies. In the two years following Windsor, U. The decision gave same-sex couples the right to seek a court injunction against state laws banning gay marriage; although it did not technically legalize same-sex unions nationwide, it was a major step in that direction.