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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Denmark becomes the first country in the world to enact registered partnership laws for same-sex couples. 1989 President Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act, banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages. 1996 The Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. 2003 2004 The first same-sex marriage certificates issued in the U.S. are issued in California. Texas becomes the 19th state to adopt a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. 2005 2008 California, with Proposition 8, and Connecticut, with a supreme court ruling, legalize same-sex marriage. President Obama becomes the first standing U.S. president to publicly support the right of same-sex marriage. 2009 Iowa, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire follow along and legalize gay marriage. Today! 2012 Currently, same-sex couples have the right to marry in 9 states (Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, and Vermont, plus Washington, D.C.). A little short of marriage, civil unions are allowed in5 states (Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island). As well as broad Domestic Partnership being allowed in 3 states (California, Oregon, and Nevada).With ambition and courage, we can raise these numbers to a full 50 states with legalized same-sex marriage. Are you in? Information from: Marriage Over the Years Starthere!
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