Same-sex marriage by state

Published On: May 07 2012 10:57:03 AM PDT   Updated On: Nov 18 2014 12:21:50 PM PST

A county clerk in Austin, Texas, said Thursday she issued the state's first marriage license to a same-sex couple, acting on the order of a county judge who said the pair couldn't wait for further court decisions because of health reasons. The order applied only to that couple and "any additional licenses issued to same-sex couples also must be court ordered," according to a statement issued by the county clerk. Here's a look at the path same-sex marriage has taken across the country.

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California's domestic partnership registry was the first of its kind in the United States created by a legislature without court intervention when it was enacted in 1999. While it kept the domestic partner registry, voters later banned same-sex marriage, first through a state law and then a constitutional amendment. A federal court overturned California's voter-approved gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, in 2010, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed it was unconstitutional in 2012. But the Supreme Court ruled on July 26, 2013, that those who had appealed the Ninth Circuit ruling had no standing in the case, meaning same-sex marriages could resume in California.

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