Same-sex marriage by state

Published On: May 07 2012 12:57:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Nov 18 2014 02:21:50 PM CST

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 - Maryland
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On March 1, 2012, Maryland's governor signed a bill into law legalizing gay marriage, but opponents gathered enough signatures to force the issue onto the ballot. Voters affirmed the law in a November 2012 state referendum, and the law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

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