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.

Gay Marriage - New Jersey
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New Jersey started allowing same-sex marriages on Oct. 21, 2013. A superior court judge ruled that civil unions, which the state allowed for same-sex couples since 2007, don't go far enough because they, in some cases, illegally prevent them from getting federal benefits. Gov. Chris Christie was initially planning to appeal that ruling, but decided to drop the appeal hours after the first same-sex weddings in the state were performed.

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