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Gay marriage in America

Octogenarian Phyllis Lyon (standing, 2nd L) watches as her partner Del Martin (bottom) signs their gay-marriage certificate in front of San Francisco county clerk Edwin Lee during the first legal same-sex marriage ceremony at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California June 16, 2008. California performed its first legally recognized same-sex weddings and opened its doors to gay and lesbian couples from around the country, a move likely to challenge other states that define marriage as between a man and a woman. The ceremony was presided over by Mayor Gavin Newsom (back, 3rd L).

Gay marriage in America

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear two cases concerning marriage equality for same-sex couples, a look at the legal battles and the controversies over gay marriage in the United States.