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Nov. 20, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage State-by-State

To date, courts, legislatures and voters have legalized gay marriage in 35 states and the District of Columbia, while 15 states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. This interactive shows the change in each state’s policy over time.

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Sep. 24, 2014

Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage

A series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001. See how much opinion varies by generation, religious group, gender, race and political party.

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Sep. 22, 2014

Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning

Nearly three-quarters of Americans now think religion is losing influence in American life, and most who say this also see it as a bad thing. Perhaps as a consequence, a growing share of the public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics.

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Dec. 19, 2013

Gay Marriage Around the World

A fact sheet provides an overview of the situation in the nations where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide as well as countries that allow it in certain jurisdictions.

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Jun. 26, 2013

High Court Strikes Down DOMA but Leaves Fate of Proposition 8 Uncertain

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The high court declined to rule on Proposition 8, leaving the legal status of same-sex marriage in California unclear. Read our legal analysis of the two major decisions.

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Apr. 25, 2013

Rhode Island on Verge of Becoming 10th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

On April 24, Rhode Island took a step toward becoming the 10th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage when its Senate approved a measure that would grant gays and lesbians the right to wed. Our analysis also discusses four other states that are considering proposals related to same-sex marriage.

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Mar. 20, 2013

High Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear oral arguments in a pair of potentially groundbreaking same-sex marriage cases.

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Feb. 22, 2013

Obama Administration Weighs In on Gay Marriage Case

The Obama administration has submitted a “friend-of-the-court” brief on the legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26.

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Feb. 15, 2013

Illinois Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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Dec. 7, 2012

Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Same-Sex Marriage

In recent years, same-sex marriage has been a contentious subject within many religious groups in the U.S. Here is an overview of where 16 religious groups stand on this issue.