Timeline: Timeline of gay marriage in the United States

Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:05am EDT
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(Reuters) - The Supreme Court was expected to rule on Wednesday on two high-profile gay marriage cases: one on a marriage ban in California and another on a federal law that restricts the definition of marriage to a man and a woman. The justices heard arguments in the cases in March.

Following is a timeline of important events in the history of gay marriage in the United States.


- The modern gay liberation movement unofficially kicks off with the Stonewall Riots, demonstrations by gays in response to a police raid in New York City.


- The U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that the law does not allow for same-sex marriage, and that the issue is different from interracial marriage.


- Maryland becomes the first state to pass a statute banning gay marriage.

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