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Same-Sex Marriage Approved in Hawaii and Illinois: November 13 and 20, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Approved in Hawaii and Illinois: November 13 and 20, 2013

Same-sex marriage approved in Hawaii and Illinois: November 13 and 20, 2013

In 2013, supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated another handful of victories as the governors in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island signed legislation permitting the practice within their borders, while court orders in New Jersey and New Mexico made legalization possible. Many of these victories came on the heels of two momentous Supreme Court same-sex marriage rulings released in June. Even though the tide seemed to be turning in favor of same-sex marriage legislation, and with seventeen states and the District of Columbia allowing the practice by the end of 2013, opponents still promised to mount campaigns and fight gubernatorial decisions ...

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