November 20, - Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law. Belgium became the second country in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriages when a bill passed by the Belgian Federal Parliament took effect on 1 June The bill passed the second and final vote by —90 on 12 December and was signed by the President on 20 February As ofthere is majority support for same-sex marriage in 44 states, plurality support in 4 states, plurality opposition in 1 state, and majority opposition in 1 state. The date marked the first day that all of Illinois' counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
December 7, - The US Supreme Court announces it will hear two constitutional challenges to state and federal laws dealing with the recognition of gay and lesbian couples to legally wed.
Jack Markell holds up legislation on May 7,allowing same-sex couples to wed in the state. A federal judge struck down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. South Korea. Retrieved