Same-sex marriage by state

Published On: May 07 2012 01:57:03 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 18 2014 03:21:50 PM EST

A county clerk in Austin, Texas, said Thursday she issued the state's first marriage license to a same-sex couple, acting on the order of a county judge who said the pair couldn't wait for further court decisions because of health reasons. The order applied only to that couple and "any additional licenses issued to same-sex couples also must be court ordered," according to a statement issued by the county clerk. Here's a look at the path same-sex marriage has taken across the country.

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Illinois has become the 16th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. The law took effect on June 14, 2014.

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