Compiled by MATTHEW KAUFFMAN | Hartford Courant

About every 75 minutes during office hours, a man or woman walks into a town hall in Connecticut and walks out with a document that was forbidden for the first 370 of Connecticut's 375 years of government: a license to marry the same-sex partner they love. Same-sex marriage became the law in Connecticut five years ago today, and since then, more than 7,500 gay and lesbian couples have been married in the state.

Each has a personal story — of first dates, of marriage proposals, of wedding-day triumphs or mishaps. But collectively, they tell a story as well, of changing social landscapes and once-controversial legislation that is now barely on the state's political radar. So herein we present a look at same-sex marriage by the numbers, as collected by the state Department of Public Health, from November 2008 through July 2013, the latest month for which the state has data.


PHOTOS: Same-Sex Couples In Connecticut

TIMELINE: Same-Sex Marriage Legalized In Connecticut

PHOTOS: Couples Who Challenged Marriage Laws In Connecticut