December 2013, marked the end of a year that had seen significant strides for proponents of equal rights for gays. Over the previous 12 months, the number of states in which same-sex marriage is legal rose to 17.
Historic victories for gay couples came after the United States Supreme Court overturned much of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The rulings in both cases reflect a changing attitude across the nation as Americans seem more accepting.
Since the rulings, gay couples and activists in states across the nation are advancing efforts to repeal bans and obtain the same benefits and protections offered to married heterosexual couples.
Though 2014 has a long way to go before it achieves as much progress as was made in 2013, advocates of marriage equality and gay rights are fighting in several states to bring the issue to the November ballot — and, in some cases, to federal courts.
Read on to learn which states are the most likely to legalize same-sex marriage next.
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