Gay marriage in America

Associated Press
Steven Jones, left, and Jamous Lizotte wear laurel wreaths as they arrive at City Hall to obtain a marriage license, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Portland, Maine. Same-sex couples in Maine will be allowed to marry as a new law goes into effect at 12:01 AM Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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As the Supreme Court prepares to hear two cases concerning marriage equality for same-sex couples, a look at the legal battles and the controversies over gay marriage in the United States.

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