However, the state also has long been known for its populist tradition and its willingness to embrace socially liberal causes. Because the District of Columbia is not a state, the legislation required congressional approval. In February and Marchcity officials in San Francisco issued marriage licenses to about same-sex couples before being ordered to stop by the California Supreme Court. On March 26, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the Sixth Circuit's stay meant that "the rights tied to these marriages are suspended". Retrieved March 2, The New York Times. On December 18,the Council of the District of Columbia enacted legislation legalizing same-sex marriage  and same-sex marriage licenses became available on March 3,
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It was repealed by referendum in November The stay was lifted on October 21 when the state notified the court it would not appeal, ending enforcement of Wyoming's ban on same-sex marriage. Hinkleruling in Brenner v. The Huffington Post.
Some began doing so based on their reading of Tenth Circuit precedent, others a few weeks later on the basis on a ruling against Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage issued on November 4,by U.