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By David Mendoza
The United States reached an important milestone yesterday: for the first time ever, a majority of same-sex couples can now legally marry.
Illinois became the sixteenth state to recognize same-sex marriages when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act last November. However, most same-sex couples in the Prairie State couldn’t receive a marriage license until June 1. Illinois is home to over 24,000 same-sex couples, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. These same gay and lesbian couples make up 3.9% of all such couples in the United States. And it was this 3.9% that pushed America over the half way point on the road to full marriage equality.
I explain how I reached my results and provide more context about the state of same-sex marriage in America below.
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