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Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, particularly by supporters. Gay marriage is also accepted in 11 states such as Connecticut, Delaware Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island (will takes place as of August 1), Vermont, and Washington, and The District of Columbia.

Contributed by Keyana Black Heart Smith

Same-sex couples are able to marry in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware (Takes Effect July 1), Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island (Takes Effect August 1), Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia. New Mexico honors out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples but does not perform them in-state. www.freedomtomarry.org

Contributed by Katherine Davis