The same-sex marriage debate has exploded back onto the national stage in a matter of days, exposing sharp divisions within and between the parties while offering a muddy portrait of where Americans stand on the issue.

Same-sex marriage bills advanced toward the governor’s desk in three states since last week, with different results.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, signed her state’s bill into law Monday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, vetoed his state’s proposal Friday. The same day, the Maryland House of Delegates narrowly approved same-sex marriage legislation — it is expected to pass the Senate, and would then be assured the signature of Democratic Gov. Martin O’MalleyView full article »