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Content about Same-sex marriage in the United States

February 9, 2012

In November 2008, by a slim majority, California voters instituted “Prop 8,” a constitutional amendment that says “only marriage between a man and a woman will be recognized in California.”
Voter turnout was large at nearly 80 percent. Many expected California, typically a leader in liberal, social movements, to shut down the proposition. When that did not happen, reactions varied greatly.

February 8, 2012

In a historic move on Tuesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled Proposition 8, the statewide initiative banning gay marriage in California.

 

In a historic move on Tuesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled Proposition 8, the statewide initiative banning gay marriage in California.

July 1, 2011

 

New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. It joins Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont in issuing same-sex licenses. Marriage is a right that should be given to all persons: straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or otherwise.

June 29, 2011

In an amazing or, alternatively, depressing 33 to 29 vote, marriage equality was voted for in the New York State Senate and nearly immediately signed into law by Gov. Mario Cuomo. No matter how narrow the victory, the battle has been won in New York and thanks to an unusually high population density in states where gay marriage is now legal, roughly half of the nation has the right to marry someone of the same gender now.

 

New York single-handedly determined this column’s topic for the week.