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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), in the District of Columbia, and in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

Since 2000, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay) have legalized same-sex marriage, as have parts of Mexico and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.

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Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will recognize same-sex marriage

Friday, May 29, 2015
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According to a news release from the tribe Thursday, the change results from a unanimous vote of the Oneida Business Committee. [...]

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Biden: Ireland recognizes fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect

Friday, May 29, 2015
Joe Biden
Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality. [...]

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Governor vetoes North Carolina religious objection bill on same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he'll veto a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid same-sex marriage duties. [...]

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Science magazine formally retracts study on voters’ gay rights views

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Donald Green (left) had requested the retraction on May 19, saying his co-author, Michael LaCour (right) had been unable to produce the raw data that was used in the study.
Science magazine on Thursday formally retracted a highly publicized article about a study gauging the ability of openly gay canvassers to shift voters’ views toward support for same-sex marriage. [...]

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Arkansas justices reject new arguments in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Arkansas Supreme Court
The marital status for many gay couples in Arkansas remained in limbo Thursday after the state's high court handed down orders that could delay a decision on same-sex marriage until after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. [...]

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North Carolina lawmakers OK bill allowing gov’t officials to refuse same-sex marriage duties

Thursday, May 28, 2015
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
BREAKING UPDATE: North Carolina governor Pat McCrory says he'll veto the religious exemption bill on same-sex marriage duties. [...]

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Merkel spokesman: Same-sex marriage ‘not a goal’ of Germany’s government

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Angela Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition has agreed to make small changes to same-sex civil partnership rules but staunch opposition from conservatives means Germany will not follow Ireland in allowing same-sex marriages any time soon. [...]

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Divisive anti-gay marriage bill, anti-gay adoption measure scrapped in Texas Legislature

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin
Texas lawmakers have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer, and an anti-gay adoption measure has been abandoned. [...]

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Hawaii Supreme Court dismisses challenge to marriage equality law

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott is one of four people who sued to stop the state from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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Anti-gay marriage religious objections bill clears North Carolina House panel

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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A House judiciary panel scheduled debate Wednesday on legislation allowing some court officials to decline carrying out same-sex marriage duties. [...]

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