Massachusetts does!

On May 17, 2004 Massachusetts became the first state (and the 6th in the world!) to legalize same-sex marriage.  The first year found more than 8,100 gay and lesbian marriages and 36,000 are now married each year.  It was an exciting time for many in LGBT community and it set the stage for legalization to come in other states.

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Connecticut does!

Just five days ago, November 12, 2008, Connecticut joined Massachusetts and legalized same-sex marriage.  In 2005 they had legalized civil unions for homosexuals but it was challenged in the state’s courts because it failed to give them full rights stated in the equal protection clause. 

California does?

Originally, California was the 2nd state to legalize same-sex marriage, however after the recent election, it is no longer legal.  Proposition 8 was introduced to the legislature to ban same-sex marriages and amend the homosexual marriages from the state Constitution. Unfortunately it passed and we have taken a step back in the struggles for freedom.

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