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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner’s death

Friday, July 31, 2015
Sabrina Maurer's case involves her fight over death benefits and inheritance taxes after the 2013 death of her partner, Kim Underwood.
A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal. ...

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SPLC adds to ethics complaint against Justice Roy Moore

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Roy Moore
He's accused of violating judicial ethics with his public criticisms of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. ...

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In first month, only 40 gay couples apply to be married in South Dakota

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839 licenses issued to all couples from June 26 to July 27.
Gay rights advocates called the statistics reflective of the barriers the gay community still faces in South Dakota and other conservative states. ...

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Missouri “Courage Scholarship” raises $12K in 12 Days for LGBT, ally students

Monday, July 27, 2015
The donations and support will fund two annual Courage Scholarships that will acknowledge, affirm, and reward the courage of a graduating senior from Salem High School, and a graduating senior from another part of Missouri.
The scholarship has raised 1K for each month the Missouri county voted to mourn traditional marriage -- receiving donations from across the country and as far away as Brazil. ...

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The Michigan Constitution says only heterosexual couples can marry

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Michigan state capitol in Lansing.
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan wants to erase this part of the constitution; says it's "dead." ...

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On eve of visit, Obama voices support for Africa LGBT rights

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Workers finish installing a large billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and President Barack Obama, right, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. AP Photo/Ben Curtis
Many Kenyan politicians have warned Obama that any overtures on gay rights would not be welcomed in Kenya. ...

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Jake Gyllenhaal on marriage equality: “It is so beautiful”

Thursday, July 23, 2015
A beefed-up Jake Gyllenhaal in his new film, Southpaw.
On the 10th Anniversary of Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhall candidly reveals his views on marriage equality. ...

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Indiana County Clerk fired for opposing gay marriage

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Lawsuit alleges that County Clerk Sally Whitis told employees they were "only doing the paperwork and not performing their ceremony."
Linda G. Summers says she is a Christian with a "sincerely held religious belief" against gay marriage. ...

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Justice: Court voted on narrow part of gay marriage case (UPDATED)

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock.
Justice Rhonda Wood did not say how the court was preparing to rule. ...

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2 more Alabama counties to issue wedding licenses (UPDATED)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The change came at the end of a 25-day window in which the U.S. Supreme Court could have reconsidered its decision.
Houston and Henry counties had previously refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage. ...

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