Carlos McKnight of Washington waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the U. France On May 18, French President Francois Hollande signed into law a measure legalizing same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to grant gays and lesbians the right to wed. Comparing that evolution to society's views of gays and lesbians, Kennedy noted that for years, "a truthful declaration by same-sex couples of what was in their hearts had to remain unspoken. Hide Caption 3 of 33 Photos: And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage on June 26, Bush and his wife former First Lady Barbara Bush have served as witnesses to a same-sex wedding, but neither has publicly stated whether this means they support same-sex marriage in general;  George W. The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state's request to prevent same-sex marriages temporarily, clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry. Spain A closely divided Spanish parliament legalized same-sex marriage in , guaranteeing identical rights to all married couples regardless of sexual orientation. Shortly after winning the election , President Donald Trump said he's "fine" with same-sex marriage and believes it to be settled law: Support for legal same-sex marriage has increased across every age group, political ideology, religion, gender, race and region of various developed countries in the world. Supreme Court ruling legalizing such nuptials nationwide, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore directed probate judges in his state to enforce the ban on same-sex marriage. New Zealand On April 17, the New Zealand Parliament gave final approval to a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage, making the Pacific island nation the 13th country in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to allow gays and lesbians to wed. The issue did not become prominent in U.