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Since 2000, 15 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and Uruguay) have legalized same-sex marriage, as have parts of Mexico, the United States and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Former Vt. governor Jim Douglas’ memoir tackles same-sex marriage veto

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a same-sex marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the 63-year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that he and his wife Dorothy have gay friends.

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Marriage equality playing key role in many political races throughout Indiana

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's same-sex marriage ban in the constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But marriage equality is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.

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Marriage News Watch: 7th Circuit recap, NOM not giving up in Oregon

| Monday, September 1, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they'll take up in their fall session. There's another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization for Marriage still isn't ...

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Hawaii governor blames primary loss on support for marriage equality

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
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HONOLULU -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage. Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii's open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for same-sex marriage and because they think...

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Charlie Crist urges Fla. governor not to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, August 29, 2014
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Former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who won this week's Democratic primary in his bid to return to the governor's office, sent a letter Friday to GOP Gov. Rick Scott, urging him not to appeal the recent federal court declaring Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ airs its first romantic same-sex routine

| Friday, August 29, 2014
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After 11 years on the air, FOX’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance,” has finally featured a romance-themed same-sex dance performance. For the show’s opening number Wednesday, top four finalists Valerie Rockey, Ricky Ubeda, Jessica Richens, and Zack Everhart Jr. performed the routine to the song “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and choreographed by Travis Wall.

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Linda Harvey attacks Target for ‘pushing deviance and perversion’

MIRANDA BLUE | Right Wing Watch | Friday, August 29, 2014
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On her “Mission America” radio program Wednesday, Linda Harvey weighed in on the National Organization for Marriage’s boycott of Target in response to the company’s filing of a court brief in support of marriage equality. Harvey echoed NOM in taking particular issue with Target’s characterization of same-sex marriage bans as “bans” and “discrimination.”

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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case ask for Supreme Court review

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, five of the six people who brought the lawsuit against the Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyers office Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Call's partner, Karen Archer, was not able to attend.)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take Utah's appeal of a favorable same-sex marriage ruling, following through on what they said they would do earlier this month. The plaintiffs say they are taking this somewhat unusual step of asking for a review even though they won at ...

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Report: Marriage equality would add $78 million, new jobs to Georgia economy

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Georgia would generate an estimated $78.8 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate more than 900 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 21,318 same-sex ...

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Mo. fire department blocked from granting same-sex spousal benefits

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
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OZARK, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri fire department that was considering extending benefits to an employee who is in a same-sex marriage has been told that the state constitution won't allow it. Last week, the Ozark Fire Department's board appeared ready to change its policy so that it could offer the benefits to Capt. Andi Mooneyham, whose out-of-state ...

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