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As thousands cheered outside the state Capitol with rainbow and American flags, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill on Tuesday that makes it possible for same-sex couples to get married.
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The Minnesota Senate gave final approval on Monday to a bill that will make the state the 12th in the United States to allow same-sex couples to marry and only the second in the Midwest.
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DOVER, Del. — A divided Delaware state Senate voted Tuesday to make its state the 11th in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, after hearing hours of passionate testimony from supporters and opponents.
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Rhode Island became the final state in New England and the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage after independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed a bill that will allow same-sex marriage.
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The first gay couple granted a civil union in Colorado said their vows before hundreds of people early Wednesday morning at a downtown Denver municipal building, where eager couples and members of the public gathered to celebrate the first legal unions.
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France became the 14th country in the world to allow same-sex couples to wed Tuesday, when its parliament approved a law that has sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.
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WELLINGTON - New Zealand’s parliament voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage on Wednesday, prompting cheers, applause and the singing of a traditional Maori celebratory song from the public gallery.
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MONTEVIDEO — Uruguay’s Congress passed a bill on Wednesday to allow same-sex marriages, making it the second country in predominantly Roman Catholic Latin America to do so.
This map, released by the social network, shows the rate of people who changed their profile picture this week to the red-and-pink equal sign in support of same-sex marriage (deeper red equals more changes).
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It’s not just Democrats and liberals who are the reason for the shift on gay marriage.
Beneath the broad support from liberal-leaning demographic groups, is the fact that some of the biggest shifts in favor of gay marriage since 2004 have been from some more unlikely, conservative-leaning blocs — blue-collar workers, older voters, and Southerners, according to NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls over the last decade.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared highly skeptical of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that blocks federal recognition of gay marriages, according to courtroom observers.
Here are 11 key moments from the arguments, which followed Tuesday’s session on California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The two cases could reshape the legal status of hundreds of thousands of gay couples.
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Supreme Court hears arguments in a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which allows federal benefits to go only to heterosexual married couples.