February 9, - Some Alabama probate judges, including in Montgomery County, begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Neil Abercrombie, left, and former state Sen. November 20, - Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.
A stay on same-sex marriages in California remains in place until the issue is exhausted in the courts. The ruling is stayed and appealed the following day.
The bill also covers rules for separations. November 12, - A South Carolina federal judge strikes down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, delaying the effective date until November 20, allowing time for an appeal by the state's attorney general.
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The ruling is stayed and appealed the following day. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger later vetoes the bill. John Baldacci signed his state's same-sex marriage bill less than an hour after the legislature approved it. A slim majority of Americans are against legal recognition for same-sex marriage, CNN polling found last month.
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Ariel Olah, left, and her fiancee, Katie Boatman, are overcome by emotion outside the U. Dennis Damon, left, hands Gov. The bill also covers rules for separations. The ruling clears the way for same-sex marriages in California to resume.