As of December 1, 2012, 37 states prohibit same-sex marriage; 9 states (CT, IA, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, VT, WA) and the District of Columbia allow it; 5 states (DE, HI, IL, NJ, RI) allow same-sex civil unions; and 6 states allow same-sex domestic partnerships (CA, CO, NV, NM, OR, WI).
Election Day 2012 was a big year for proponents of same-sex marriage. The people of Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted in favor of it, while the good people of Minnesota refused to approve a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. In the same election, the people of Wisconsin elected our nation’s first openly gay U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin. And, with President Obama back in office for another four years, the future for LGBT Americans seems bright indeed.
There is no doubt that the country’s views of same-sex marriage have evolved over the years. Even our President has confessed to changing his mind about the whole idea when, earlier this year, he “came out” in support of the right of same-sex couples to marry.
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