November 19, 2012

Voters in Maine, Washington state and Maryland approved ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage Nov. 6.

In Minnesota, voters rejected a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as only a union between a man and woman.

The Catholic bishops in each state had urged voters to uphold the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman and warned that religious liberties could be threatened by legalizing same-sex marriage.

Previously, six states and the District of Columbia had allowed same-sex marriages through legislative action and court rulings.