After a tumultuous year of negotiations, the federal government agreed to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples last week.
But the issue is far from over.
Here’s what you need to know.
1 of 8 • • • Last year, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which limited marriage to a man and a woman, and also set aside the definition of marriage in the U.S. Constitution.
Two states, Washington and Utah, and several states, including California, now recognize same-gender unions.
Two more states, Maine and New Jersey, also have marriage laws that ban same- gender unions.
But there is little sign that same- sex couples are having much success in getting married in the nation’s most populous state, where more than 1 in 5 marriages are annulled.
More than half of the 1.7 million marriages nationwide last year were annulleds, according to the National Center for Marriage and Religion Studies. 2 of 8