Same-sex Marriage as presented by: Boston Big Picture

This afternoon, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker will publish his decision on whether to uphold or overturn the California voter-approved ban known as Proposition 8 (or the California Marriage Protection Act) that would insert language into the state constitution saying that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." [Update: Proposition 8 was just overturned.] Walker's ruling is one of a number of recent decisions made by voters and governments around the world affecting the ability of same-sex couples to marry legally. Around the U.S., several states are challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage act, both Washington DC and Mexico City legalized same-sex weddings last March, and on July 15th, Argentina became the first Latin American country to recognize same-sex marriage. Collected here are a handful of recent photos of couples in several countries, all in the process of getting married. Wedding cake and champagne is served by activists Friday, Jan. 8 2010, outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, after lawmakers passed a bill allowing gay marriage. Alexandra Khalaf (right) and Amy Sokal, shortly after after they exchanged vows during a group wedding March 20, 2010 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. Rocky Galloway is embraced by his new husband, Reginald Stanley, right, after being married on the first day of legal gay marriage in Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. One of the couples' twin daughters is held by Cherrie McCoy, left.

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