DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional, Rejects Prop 8! A History of the Movement

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In a major victory for the movement for legalization, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Defense Of Marriage Act—which held in 1996 that marriage was legally between a man and a woman—unconstitutional on Wednesday. It also rejected taking Prop 8 as a case, paving the way for gay marriage in California. The verdicts could be this generation's Roe vs. Wade—in other words, likely to change the face of the issue forever. Though Europe has largely come around to same-sex marriage in the decades since Stonewall, up until recently, Advocates for legalization say they're cautiously optimistic; according to studies, most Americans expect gay marriage to become legal relatively soon. So where did this quick turnaround come from? Click on for a brief timeline of the movement.

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