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Video Feature: A Marriage in Mass.
Robyn Ochs (right) and her partner Peg Preble received their marriage license in Boston on Monday as Massachusetts became the first state to sanction same-sex marriages. (J.C. Crandall/John Poole - washingtonpost.com)
 Gay Couples Marry in Massachusetts
 A Careful Rush to the Altar
 An Altared State
 Gallery: Same-Sex Couples Marry
 Timeline: Gay Marriage in the Courts

Text of Amendment

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.
Other Recent Attempts to Amend

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Bush's Call for Amendment

President Bush urged Congress on Feb. 24 to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Announcement: MSNBC Video | Text
White House Press Briefing: Text

Photo Gallery
 Same-Sex Couples Marry: America's first same-sex marriages fully authorized by law took place in Massachusetts on Monday.
 Photo Gallery: National Debate
Live Discussions

Transcript: Freedom to Marry Foundation's Joshua Legg

Transcript: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

Transcript: Brookings Institution's Jonathan Rauch

Transcript: Heritage Foundation's Matthew Spalding

Transcript: Human Rights Campaign's Praveen Fernandes

Transcript: Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg

Letters and Commentary


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Legal Documents
 Complaint in Calif. Case (From Findlaw, Feb. 11, 2004)
 Mayor Newsom's Letter on Gay Marriages (From Findlaw, Feb. 10, 2004)
 Mass. Supreme Judicial Advisory Opinion (From Findlaw, Feb. 3, 2004)
 Opinion of Mass. Supreme Court (From Findlaw, Nov. 18, 2003)
District Man Admits Killing Mayor's Aide
A neighbor charged with killing longtime civil rights activist Wanda R. Alston plead guilty to second-degree murder Thursday, admitting to an addiction to crack cocaine.

District Warned on Gay Marriage
The mayor acknowledges that the city could jeopardize its budget agenda and domestic partner benefits if it mishandles the issue.


Background

Q&A: Gay Marriage
The Washington Post's Fred Barbash provides background on the history and controversy over same-sex marriage.
Timeline of Key Court Decisions


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