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Christie drops appeal as N.J. has first gay marriages

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the state won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials. The announcement came a day after an appeals court indefinitely stopped any additional same-sex marriages. It will likely take months for the court to make its own judgment about whether a Michigan constitutional amendment that says marriage only is between a man and a woman violates the US Constitution.

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States performing same-sex marriages:
States allowing civil unions or domestic partnerships, but no same-sex marriage:
States with constitutional bans on same-sex marriage:
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In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage, and no states offered civil unions or domestic partnerships. How it happened:

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NOTE: Map represents when same-sex marriage and civil union laws take effect, not when they are approved or announced. Though the timeline refers to bans by state statute and constitutional amendment, the map of same-sex marriage bans only includes constitutional amendments and not state statutes.

SOURCES: New York Times, Associated Press, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, State of Delaware, State of New Jersey Department of Health, State of Hawaii Department of Health, Washington State Legislature, State of Illinois, state statutes

Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff

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