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Click “like” and share this graphic to celebrate all of the ways that marriage has moved forward in 2013! And read about the latest win in Hawaii:

A quick look at the states that are most likely next in line for Marriage Equality. 

Famous Outlaw Marriages in History: Mercedes de Acosta & Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo was a stunningly beautiful actress was so talented, so glamorous, and so captivating on screen that she became the epitome of the Hollywood movie star. Mercedes de Acosta, who was born into a socially prominent New York family, taught Garbo how to speak, how to dress, and how to live in the style expected of cinematic royalty. Garbo and de Acosta were in an outlaw marriage from 1931 until 1960.

Read more of their story in Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples.

Famous Outlaw Marriages in History: Walt Whitman & Peter Doyle

Many literary scholars consider Walt Whitman this country’s most influential poet. The works collected in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass pay homage to the freedom and dignity of the individual while celebrating democracy and the brotherhood of man. Peter Doyle was a 21-year-old conductor on a horse-drawn streetcar when he and Whitman, who was 45 at the time, became lovers. Whitman and Doyle were in an outlaw marriage from 1865 until 1892, when Whitman died.

Read about their relationship in Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

For me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.

President Obama, one year ago today

On our blog: read some reactions from our authors when the President affirmed his support for same-sex marriage on May 9, 2012.

While the Court mulls…we’d like to clear up some misunderstanding. Take the “recent” institution of gay marriage, as Justice Samuel Alito seems bent on calling it. Alito is trying to dissuade any major ruling on the grounds that evidence on the effects of same-sex marriage is too little, too soon….While, yes, the formal institution of gay marriage is recent, author Rodger Streitmatter reminds us that gay folks have been resourcefully affirming their own versions of marriage for centuries. In fact, they’ve found ways of making it work with or without our questionably-gay-Uncle Sam’s nodding approval.