Voters in four states faced same-sex marriage ballot questions on Nov. 6, 2012.
By a 53 percent to 47 percent margin, voters approved a citizen-initiated ballot measure to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Voters decided 52 percent to 48 percent in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which the Maryland General Assembly passed in February 2012.
Voters rejected a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage by a margin of 51 percent to 48 percent.
Voters upheld a law to legalize same-sex marriage by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin.
Same-sex marriage stories
- Same-sex spouses may get military benefits
In a draft memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the department intends to treat all married military personnel the same.
- Gay rights groups change their focus
Organizations like EqualityMaine are working to increase acceptance for couples in rural areas.
- Maine couples watch DOMA case closely
Numerous federal benefits are currently denied to same-sex spouses under the law enacted in 1996.
- White House says Prop 8 violates the Constitution
Maine has also signed onto friend-of-the-court briefs defending the right to civil marriage for all couples, along with 100 prominent Republicans.
- Gay marriage supporters in Illinois look to next session
A Senate committee voted 8-5 late Thursday in favor of a bill that would allow gay marriage. But with key supporters absent, Senate Democrats delayed a full floor vote.
- More than 40 gay couples licensed to wed in Maine
In communities all over the state, same-sex couples obtain licenses to stand for the first time before their friends and family and be able to say: 'We're married!'
- One couple's march to matrimony
Lisa Gorney and Donna Galluzzo acknowledge: 'It really was a historic night.'
- Owners hope arrival of gay marriage boosts Maine businesses
Florists, bakeries, restaurants and others could see gains, but some expect the impact to build over time.
- Opposed to same-sex marriage, company ends wedding business
At odds with Maryland's legalization of same-sex marriage, the owner of a wedding-related business has decided to close down rather than provide services to gay couples.
- Portland's same-sex marriage plan includes crowd control
No one knows how many couples will show up, but officials will be able to handle as many as 100.