Portland, Oregon also begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Supreme Court declined to take action on all five cases it had been asked to consider from appellate courts in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits, allowing the circuit court decisions striking down marriage bans to stand. November 20, - Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law. Lewin74 Haw. Views Read Edit View history. The law goes into effect in August 1,
Maine and New Hampshire follow suit, though Maine voters later repeal the state law allowing same-sex marriage.
History of same-sex marriage in the United States