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Marriage Equality

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.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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For gay soldiers, marriage and benefits open doors to living life more freely

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Nicholas Harriel and Cristian Saldana
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- While the military policy of "don't ask, don't tell" and the overturning of part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act opened doors more widely to gay people serving openly in the military, it didn't mark radical changes to the way the fighting force looked or behaved. Instead, it brought the possibility of marriage and spousal benefits to ...

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California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys," has been seeking custody rights over...

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Nearly 900 marriage licenses issued to gay couples in pioneer N.M. county

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gay couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A county clerk in New Mexico whose actions ultimately prompted the state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage legal statewide, says his office issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to gay couples in the past year. Last year, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins -- noting that New Mexico's marriage laws were gender neutral ...

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Marriage equality would help Nev. domestic violence program funding

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Marriage equality advocates in Nevada have an unlikely fiscal ally: domestic violence programs. That's because the only state-allocated source of domestic violence program funding comes from a $25 surcharge on each Nevada-issued marriage license. Revenue from that surcharge has dropped over the past decade as marriage rates ...

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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...

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Seventh Circuit schedules arguments in appeals of same-sex marriage rulings

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous hearing date.

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Colo. appeals court refuses to stop Boulder’s same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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DENVER -- The Colorado Court of Appeals has denied state Attorney General John Suthers' request to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The court issued its ruling Thursday evening, saying Suthers didn't establish the factors required to reverse a ruling that allowed clerk Hillary Hall to issue such licenses. The court did not...

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Briefs piling up from same-sex marriage opponents in Ind., Wis. appeals

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that's currently before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including...

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Poll shows majority support for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages.

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Ariz. says marriage ban justified because same-sex couples can’t reproduce

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona say in court documents that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person. In documents filed Wednesday in a federal challenge to the constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008, the state says it public purpose in regulating private relationships...

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