When the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued its opinion in Goodrich v Dept. of Public Health, 798 N.E.2d 941 (Mass. 2003), family law history was made by the court's deciding that failure to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple violated the couple's constitutional rights under the state's constitution. Since 2003, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, New York, and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage either by court decision or legislative action. The State of Washington recognized same-sex marriages in June, and in January 2013 Maryland is set to do the same. In addition, in May of this year, the Rhode Island governor signed an Executive Order recognizing same-sex marriages entered into in states that allow such marriages. In the same month, President Obama revealed his support for same-sex marriages in a TV interview, the day after the citizens of North Carolina voted to ban same-sex marriages in its state.