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The heated debate over same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. It is a controversy being played out in every branch of the federal government, from the floor of the US Senate to the Oval Office. It has raised concerns over the nature of federalism, the constitutional protections afforded on the basis of sexual identity, and the role which societal values ultimately play in the formation of public policy. The American Bar Association's endorsement of same-sex marriage in August 2010, and the official repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in September 2011 seem to indicate a trend toward the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Advocates of same-sex marriage enjoyed significant victories in February 2012. The Ninth Circuit ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional on February 7, 2012, albeit with a narrow rationale. In the wake of the ruling of Perry v. Brown,

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Timeline

6/30/2013: Supreme Court justice refused to block California same-sex marriages

6/29/2013: Proposition 8 backers filed petition to halt same-sex weddings

6/28/2013: Ninth Circuit lifted California's ban on same-sex marriage

6/28/2013: Federal judge blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits

6/27/2013: Supreme Court issued final orders of term

6/26/2013: California governor ordered marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples

6/26/2013: Supreme Court struck down DOMA and dismissed Proposition 8 appeal

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