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Marriage Equality

As of January 6, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states (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.

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Marriage News Watch: January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015
Ted Ribey with the Clerk of District Court's office in Yellowstone County attaches a seal to the wedding license of Jill Houk and Randi Paul, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Billings, Mont. At least 5 other clerks in the county are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
There’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality. And one lawmaker even wants [...]

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Judge issues 14-day stay of order striking down Alabama gay marriage ban

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade issued the temporary stay on Sunday of his ruling striking down Alabama's gay marriage ban to allow the state to seek relief from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. [...]

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‘Snooki’ becomes ordained minister so she can officiate gay pals’ wedding

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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The motivation behind Snooki's new side career? She plans to officiate the June 19 wedding of her hairstylists, Bradley Moreland and Luis Miller. [...]

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Couple behind Alabama same-sex marriage challenge to refile adoption paperwork

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, the couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama's gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief. [...]

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Ala. AG seeks to stay order to block same-sex marriages until Supreme Court rules

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Alabama same‑sex marriage ban

Friday, January 23, 2015
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Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling is the latest in a string of wins for advocates of marriage rights. [...]

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Nebraska wants lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban put on hold

Friday, January 23, 2015
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The Nebraska Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to put a federal lawsuit challenging Nebraska's gay marriage ban on hold pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

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Arkansas AG asks for new arguments in same-sex marriage case

Friday, January 23, 2015
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R-Ark.)
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Lifting Florida’s gay marriage ban allows lesbian couple to be parents

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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The lifting of a same-sex marriage ban in Florida is giving a Palm Beach County infant the right to call both women in a lesbian couple her parents. [...]

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Ben Carson: Congress should oust judges who rule for marriage equality

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Ben Carson, the likely Republican presidential candidate who believes that the gay rights movement is part of a communist conspiracy to bring about the New World Order, wants Congress to intervene in court cases involving marriage equality. [...]

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