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Milestones On The Road To Marriage Equality In America

In the wake of the the Supreme Court's dismissal of the Proposition 8 appeal and ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, a look at major moments in the same-sex marriage movement in America.

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September 1996: Congress passes the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage. President Bill Clinton signs it into law on Sept. 20.

December 2010: Congress votes to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and President Barack Obama signs it into law. The repeal goes into effect in September 2011.

November 2012: Maine, Maryland, and Washington become the first states where voters approve same-sex marriage, and Minnesota rejects a new proposed ban.

March 26, 2013: The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on a case challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8.

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Attorney Theodore Olsen (right), representing the same-sex couples, addresses the Supreme Court in Washington on March 26, 2013. Justices (from left) are Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, and Elena Kagan.

June 26, 2013: The Supreme Court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

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Edith Windsor, 83, acknowledges her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court March 27, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Edith Schlain Windsor, in Her Capacity as Executor of the Estate of Thea Clara Spyer, Petitioner v. United States, which challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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