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The Gayest Month Ever: Same-Sex Marriage Rules March (PHOTOS)

Forget basketball—March madness has been about same-sex marriage. From Hillary to Beyoncé, see highlights.

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Forget basketball—March Madness has been all about same-sex marriage. From Supreme Court protests to Beyoncé’s Instagram, it seemed everyone was making their stance clear. See the highlights.

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Prop 8 and DOMA

The main event was, of course, the two days of arguments at the Supreme Court on the legality of California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The scene outside the court became a story in itself, with days of protests complete with signs and costumes making headlines. (Check out transcripts of the arguments.) The media circus around the cases may be dying down, but it’ll be back in full force in June, when we learn how the court will rule on Prop 8 and DOMA.

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Hillary Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Oh, hi, 2016! Hillary Clinton reignited rumors that she is gearing up for a presidential run when she officially came out in support of same-sex marriage on March 18. The former secretary of State has been an advocate of gay rights for years, but did not make her support for same-sex marriage explicit until this month. She announced via a video from the Human Rights Campaign, saying: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones—and they are full and equal citizens, and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage.”

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Mark Warner Supports Same-Sex Marriage

The Democratic senator from Virginia announced his support for gay marriage via his Facebook page on March 25. “I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do,” he wrote. “Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and this is the inevitable extension of my efforts to promote equality and opportunity for everyone.”

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Kay Hagan Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Kay Hagan, the Democratic senator from North Carolina, told the Raleigh News & Observer, “I’ve come to my own personal conclusion that we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry.”

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Rob Portman Reverses Gay-Marriage Stance

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who was a co-sponsor of DOMA in 1996, told an Ohio newspaper on March 14 that he has had a “change of heart” about same-sex marriage. “I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, get married,” he said. The reversal of his stance on gay marriage began in 2011, when his son Will told him that he was gay.

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Beyoncé Supports Same-Sex Marriage—via Instagram

It’s hard to argue with Queen B. “If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it,” Beyoncé posted on her Instagram the day Prop 8 arguments started at the Supreme Court. She added the hashtag #WeWillUniteForMarriageEquality. She also posted the Human Rights Campaign’s red equals sign, which was ubiquitous on social media throughout the week.

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Madonna Dons Boy Scout Costume at GLAAD Awards

As a symbol of protest against the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay Scouts and leaders, Madonna dressed in a full Boy Scout uniform for the GLAAD Media Awards on March 16. “I think I should be allowed to be allowed to be a Boy Scout,” she told the crowd. “And I think they should change their stupid rules.” She also greeted Anderson Cooper on stage with a kiss on the lips.