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Yesterday the state of New York passed the same-sex marriage act this makes six states that has gone against the word of God that is the kind of leaders that we are voting in our state Governments. Read the following article.—John Davidson
Same-sex marriage in the United States
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The federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage in the United States, but such marriages are recognized by some individual states. The lack of federal recognition was codified in 1996 by the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted before Massachusetts became the first state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004. Such licenses are granted by five states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, plus Washington, D.C. and the Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon. Same-sex marriage in New York was legalized on July 24, 2011, 30 days after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill doing so into law. Same-sex marriages could be legally performed in California between June 16, 2008, and November 4, 2008, when voters passed Proposition 8 prohibiting same-sex marriages. The legalization of same-sex marriage was driven by court rulings and legislative action.
States that recognize same-sex marriage but do not grant same-sex marriage licenses include Rhode Island and Maryland.
As of June 2011, 40 states prohibit same-sex marriage via statute or the state's constitution.
The movement to obtain marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples in the United States began in the early 1970s. The issue became more prominent in U.S. politics once Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. However, in the opening decade of the 21st century, public support for its legalization grew considerably. Several recent polls have shown support for legalized same-sex marriage above 50%, but the issue remains politically divisive.
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