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The heated debate over same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. It is a controversy being played out in every branch of the federal government, from the floor of the US Senate to the Oval Office. It has raised concerns over the nature of federalism, the constitutional protections afforded on the basis of sexual identity, and the role which societal values ultimately play in the formation of public policy. The American Bar Association's endorsement of same-sex marriage in August 2010, and the official repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in September 2011 seem to indicate a trend toward the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Advocates of same-sex marriage enjoyed significant victories in February 2012. The Ninth Circuit ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional on February 7, 2012, albeit with a narrow rationale. In the wake of the ruling of Perry v. Brown,

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Timeline

11/14/2013: Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage.

11/8/2013: Idaho couples filed same-sex marriage lawsuit.

11/7/2013: Hawaii judge refused to block same-sex marriage legalization.

11/5/2013: Illinois House voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

10/30/2013: Colorado couple sought to overturn state ban on same-sex marriage.

10/30/2013: Hawaii Senate approved same-sex marriage bill.

10/29/2013: Missouri high court denied same-sex partner survivor benefits.

10/15/2013: Oregon couples challenged same-sex marriage ban.

10/14/2013: North Carolina official to begin accepting same-sex marriage licenses.

10/10/2013: New Jersey judge denied state's motion to halt same-sex marriages.

9/27/2013: Illinois judge permitted same-sex marriage cases to go to trial.

9/18/2013: US to begin recognizing all same-sex marriages for employee benefit purposes.

9/12/2013: Pennsylvania judge ordered clerk to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

9/10/2013: Lawsuit challenged Kentucky same-sex marriage ban.

8/29/2013: US to begin recognizing all same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes.

8/27/2013: New Mexico judge ruled same-sex marriage legal.

8/23/2013: Texas Supreme Court to rule on same-sex divorce.

8/14/2013: California Supreme Court ended legal challenges to same-sex marriage.

8/14/2013: US military will provide equal benefits to same-sex spouses.

8/2/2013: US to begin processing same-sex visa applications.

7/22/2013: Federal judge ruled in favor of Ohio same-sex couple married out-of-state.

7/16/2013: California high court rejected request to halt same-sex marriages.

7/11/2013: Pennsylvania AG will not defend same-sex marriage ban.

6/30/2013: Supreme Court justice refused to block California same-sex marriages

6/29/2013: Proposition 8 backers filed petition to halt same-sex weddings

6/28/2013: Ninth Circuit lifted California's ban on same-sex marriage

6/28/2013: Federal judge blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits

6/27/2013: Supreme Court issued final orders of term

6/26/2013: California governor ordered marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples

6/26/2013: Supreme Court struck down DOMA and dismissed Proposition 8 appeal

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