The article cites a March 2015 NCSL Report, which states that in the last six months, the number of states that allow same-sex marriage has increased from 19 states and the District of Columbia to 37 states and the District of Columbia.
Connecticut was the second state to allow same-sex marriage. The state’s law evolved as follows:
- 2005 - Connecticut became the second state to enact a state law providing civil unions to same-sex couples (PA 05-10)
- 2008 - the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the equal protection clause of the state constitution prohibits the state from denying same-sex couples the right to marry (Kerrigan v. Dept. of Public Health, 289 Conn. 135 (2008), read an OLR report on the case)
- 2009 - the Connecticut General Assembly passed a statute allowing same sex marriage and ending civil unions (PA 09-13)
The NCSL Report summarizes the history of same-sex marriage laws in the United States. Read more here.