The Rev. Charles Perry of Unity Church, in Birmingham, Ala., marries Curtis Stephens, center, and his partner of 30 years, Pat Helms, Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the marriages in the state. Hal Yeager/AP hide caption

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Jayne Rowse (left) speaks as April DeBoer kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., on March 21, 2014. An appellate court upheld Michigan's — and three other states' — bans on gay marriage. The Supreme Court said Friday it will review the appellate court's decision. DeBoer and Rowse are the Michigan couple in the case. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Kansas can't deny same-sex couples' requests for a marriage license, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Kerry Wilks (right), one of four women represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit against the ban, spoke with reporters after a hearing Friday. John Hanna/AP hide caption

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People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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Lynda Johnson (center) cries as she watches her daughter Kandyce Johnson (left) marry Jana Downs in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. Same-sex couples lined up to get marriage licenses Monday, the first day Mecklenburg County issued the licenses. Jeff Siner/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Machelle Migneault and her partner, Ms. Smith, embrace after being the first ones to arrive the the recorder's office to attempt to get a same sex marriage license at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday. Otto Kitsinger/AP hide caption

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People wait to enter the Supreme Court in Washington Monday as it begins its new term. The justices cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group, launched a grass-roots effort to make the Deep South's culture more accepting of gays and lesbians. Brad Clark discusses the group's work in Mississippi. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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