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CURRENT NEWS ABOUT YOUR TOPIC

(PLEASE pay attention to the country these articles come from. Not all are about US policy or laws!)
same sex marriage - Google News

INTEREST GROUPS

You are welcome to look for other groups - this list may help you get started.
PRO-SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Marriage Equality USA
GLAD
Freedom to Marry

AGAINST SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Heritage Foundation - and specific article on religion and same sex marriage: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/07/religion-and-morality-in-the-same-sex-marriage-debate
Family Research Council and specifically on same sex marriage: http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS04C02 and

HELPFUL RESOURCES

PRO/CON - website with information about both sides of the same sex marriage debate - http://gaymarriage.procon.org/
Pew Forum Gay marriage (a lot of information here)
NPR - Interactive Map of Same Sex Marriage Status (click on a state to get more information)

Timeline on Same Sex Marriage
Link1 and Link2 explaining legal differences between same sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.
National Conference of State Legislators website includes summary of which states have same sex marriage, civil union, and domestic partnership laws.

STATISTICS/PUBLIC OPINION POLLS - You'll find a wealth of information - please stay focused on gay marriage, not gays in military or other issues.
Polling Report
Roper Center polling data (a lot of information here)
Pew Forum (a lot of information here)
Gallup Poll (video that is problematic/delayed, but interesting data)
2009 map of states that have legalized same sex marriage - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112448663

JUDICIAL BRANCH

Suggested cases for you to review include (choose one):
Goodridge v. Dept of Public Health of Massachusetts
Here is link1 and link2 on the Massachusetts case. More background on the Goodridge case.

This link provides an overview on same sex marriage, but is not up to date on the latest developments in California.
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Kerrigan and Mock v. the Connecticut Department of Public Health
resource 1 and Resource2 and for the Connecticut case

The library has a number of excellent resources. You may use other online sources as well (with the exception of wikipedia).
This reference provides an extensive overview of legal challenges regarding same sex marriage.

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

I would encourage you to research the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but you are welcome to research an individual state's laws instead.
The Defense of Marriage Act - information from PBS, and PBS2.

GAO Report on DOMA -

Some states recognize same sex marriages legalized in other states (ex. Maryland):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/24/AR2010022405686.html

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Please read these links to learn more about an executive branch department related to same sex marriage.
President Obama - Executive action on federal benefits for federal employees
Obama administration - Counting same sex couples in 2010 census