How Same-Sex Marriage In 2014 Changed Each Month
With a new year getting closer, it's a good time to take a look back at the big, tumultuous year that was 2014. Happily, this last year, few causes came further with more unmitigated success than that of marriage equality. Same-sex marriage had a big 2014, and at this point, it looks like the legacy of this issue is well and truly settled — the activists and advocates for equal rights have won, and continue to win with each successive state that starts issuing new marriage licenses.
So, just how far did we come in one year? A brief glance at the state-by-state figures lays bare just how climactic a year it was for equal marriage rights, and show why this may well go down as the pivotal year in the decades-long movement. On Dec. 20, 2013, a mere 18 states across the country allowed marriages between same-sex couples, with two more states (Illinois and Colorado) embracing the "separate-but-equal" half-measure of the civil union. But now, one year later, America is a country in which a majority of the states have marriage equality, whether through voter initiative or judicial decision — 35 states now have legal same-sex marriage, from states as liberal as Hawaii to states as conservative as Oklahoma. How did it all unfold?
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