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Same Sex Marriage

State and federal laws concerning same-sex marriage has a relatively brief history, beginning with the first lawsuit in 1971 and ending with the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. However, prior to the Court's landmark ruling in Obergefell, an entrenched cultural, legal, and legislative battle ensued in virtually all states, often resulting in short-lived periods of legalized same-sex marriage in some states. This section covers the history of gay marriage, the now-defunct federal Defense of Marriage Act, various state laws prior to the legalization of gay marriage, court decisions that authorized or prohibited same-sex marriage, and more.

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