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39 — U.S. states have banned gay marriage

9 — States allow same-sex marriage, along with the District of Columbia


1,100 — Federal benefits to marriage that are denied to gay couples because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act

2001 — The year the Netherlands legalized gay marriage, the first country in the world to do so

11 — Countries have legalized same-sex marriage

3.5 percent — Americans who identify as gay or lesbian, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA

68 percent — Of Americans opposed gay marriage in 1996, according to a Gallup poll

48 percent — Of Americans opposed to gay marriage in 2012, according to a Gallup poll

646,000 — Same-sex-couple households in the U.S. in 2010, according to U.S. Census data

80 percent — Growth of same-sex-couple households in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data

115,064 — Same-sex-couple households in the U.S. with children, according to U.S. Census data

Source: CNN Report

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