For more than 40 years the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the world. Each volume includes approximately 70 events with well over 100 documents from the previous year, from official or other influential reports and surveys, to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more.

Historic Documents is renowned for the well written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year's events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents and a cumulative five-year index that directs them to related material in earlier volumes.

Topics and events covered in the 2012 volume include:

U.S. presidential election; Coup in Guinea-Bissau; The CDC on obesity in the U.S.; French and Egyptian presidential elections; Controversy over internet piracy bills in the U.S.; The future of Medicare; Presidential and congressional negotiations over the “fiscal cliff”; Charles Taylor found guilty of war crimes; Violence in Syria; Same sex marriage in the courts and on the ballot; Facebook goes public; U.S. states reach foreclosure settlement with major banks; The U.S. Supreme Court on health care and immigration

California and Washington Legalize Same-Sex Marriage: February 7 and 13, 2012

California and Washington Legalize Same-Sex Marriage: February 7 and 13, 2012

California and Washington legalize same-sex marriage: February 7 and 13, 2012

The same-sex marriage debate heated up again in 2012 as a number of states added initiatives to the primary and general election ballots on legalizing same-sex ...

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