Civil rights campaigning in support of marriage without distinction as to sex or sexual orientation began in the s. Backgrounder Current political and economic issues succinctly explained. Middletown, CT: The law goes into effect on January 1, August 5, - A Washington judge rules the state's law defining marriage is unconstitutional.
The date marked the first day that all of Illinois' counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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April 7, - Vermont legalizes same-sex marriages after both the state Senate and House of Representatives overturn a veto by Governor Jim Douglas.