It took effect on Dec.
Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately signed the legislation.
The measure went into effect Dec.
The Vermont General Assembly chose to preserve marriage as the "legally recognized union of one man and one woman," but at the same time create a parallel system of civil unions for same-sex couples that went beyond existing "domestic partnership" and "reciprocal beneficiaries.
The law went into effect on Aug.
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The Maine Legislature passed and Governor Baldacci signed legislation in May allowing same sex marriage.
Voters upheld the law and same-sex marriages began on Dec.
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the earlier district court decision that declared Proposition 8 invalid.
On May 15,the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should have the right to marry.
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The decision emphasized the dominance of state law defining marriage and required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages granted under state law.
Same-sex marriages were delayed, pending the ballot outcome.
Vermont that said same-sex couples are entitled, under the state constitution's "Common Benefits Clause," to the same benefits and protections as married opposite-sex couples.
Prior to the same-sex marriage law, a number of local jurisdictions, including the nation's capital, Buenos Aires, had enacted laws allowing gays and lesbians to enter into civil unions.