Voters in four states delivered a history-making victory to the backers of same-sex marriage.
Maine, Washington and Maryland approved laws affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry. Minnesota voters turned down a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
Those states join six other states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal through either court decisions or legislative action.
Tuesday’s vote marked the first time voters had approved same-sex marriage after electorates in 35 states had rejected it.