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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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Attorney asks judge to bypass trial and issue ruling in N.D. gay marriage case

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn outside of the Pennington County Courthouse in Rapid City, S.D. The couple wed on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Minnesota, and will be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Minneapolis attorney representing the seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's gay marriage ban is asking a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling. Attorney Joshua Newville filed a motion for summary judgment late Tuesday while also responding to the state's motion to dismiss the case.

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Federal judge likely to strike down Colo. gay marriage ban, but considering stay

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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DENVER -- Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter. U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore indicated that the injunction sought by gay couples declaring Colorado's law unconstitutional...

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Ind. plaintiffs object to full-court hearing on same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana's overthrown same-sex marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state's appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference. Those representing gay couples who want the ban overturned permanently – the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, ...

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Susan Sarandon joins ‘Americans For Marriage Equality’ campaign

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Susan Sarandon voices her support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign's "Americans For Marriage Equality" campaign. Sarandon, who divorced in 1979 and later spent 21 years with former partner Tim Robbins, said, “While marriage might not be my thing, if it’s your thing you damn well ought to be able to have it equally and unequivocally.”

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Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban heads to federal court

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The six couples who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to end the ban on same-sex marriages in Colorado hold a news conference in Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
DENVER -- A Denver federal judge is set to hear arguments Tuesday from six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban. The couples are asking for an injunction declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, allowing clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Attorney General John Suthers isn't opposing the injunction...

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Pueblo County, Colo., ‘reluctantly’ stops issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz talks about his decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the county courthouse in Pueblo, Colo.
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Boulder County is the last remaining county in Colorado still issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after Pueblo County stopped issuing the licenses Monday afternoon. KUSA-TV reports that Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday afternoon after receiving a cease and desist ...

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Eighth GOP member of Congress announces support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), a Tampa Bay-area Republican, said Monday he supported last week's ruling by a Monroe County, Fla., judge who said Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and violates gay people's right to equal treatment under the law. "As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," Jolly said in a statement. "But...

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Judge won’t lift stay in Fla. Keys same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional has denied a request to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County over a pending state appeal.

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Marriage News Watch: Another week, another win for marriage equality

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Carmine Caruso holds a rainbow flag during a rally in supports of same sex marriage in front of the Ada County courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014. Idaho's gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Candy Dale said the law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. On May 15, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay while it considers whether a longer stay is needed.
Another week, and another win for marriage equality. This time, it's Florida. But the freedom to marry is in jeopardy in Colorado. Meanwhile an appeals court has set a date for oral argument in two states, but then said never mind. And the Department of Justice has indicated its plans for addressing the freedom to marry before the Supreme Court...

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Georgia AG wants same-sex marriage challenge dismissed

| Monday, July 21, 2014
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ATLANTA — Georgia’s attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Attorney General Sam Olens said in a filing on Monday that the suit takes away Georgia residents’ right to define marriage. Lambda Legal filed the suit in April on behalf of seven people...

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