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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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Ohio makes significant changes after gay marriage ruling

Monday, July 20, 2015
Jim Obergefell speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony.
Same-sex couples in Ohio can hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly, and list spouses on death certificates. ...

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Florida Congressman David Jolly announces run for US Senate

Monday, July 20, 2015
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
He claims his faith leads him to believe in "traditional marriage," but that the constitution allows for both traditional and same sex marriage. ...

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State civil rights commission to discuss same-sex marriage today

Monday, July 20, 2015
Richard McClellan, chairman of the Michigan Law Revision Commission.
The meeting will include a report about the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling's impact on state law. ...

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Clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses could testify

Monday, July 20, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on the behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples.
Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis ––who has stopped issuing marriage licenses after the legalization of same-sex marriage –– may testify in federal court today. ...

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AP Poll: Sharp divisions after high court backs gay marriage

Sunday, July 19, 2015
The poll found pronounced differences in viewpoints on gay marriage depending on political affiliation.
Near-even split over whether local officials should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ...

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Cities keeping anti-discrimination measures despite new law

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Officials won't stop enforcing their ordinances banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ...

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Scott Walker on the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay leaders

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Says he doesn't know whether being gay is a choice. ...

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Gay couples win parenting rights in wake of marriage ruling

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Cari Searcy, Kim McKeand, and their son Khaya
Cari Searcy, Kim McKeand and their 9-year-old son Khaya will go before a judge in Mobile next week to get the legal recognition for what they've been for last decade: a family of three. ...

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Gallup poll finds U.S. support is “stable” after Supreme Court ruling

Friday, July 17, 2015
Chart indicates that Democrats and adults under 30 show the greatest amount of support for gay marriage.
A new Gallup poll indicates that a large number of Americans believe gay marriage should be valid. ...

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School principal writes letter to upset parents about fired lesbian teacher

Friday, July 17, 2015
Waldron Mercy Academy
Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy, sent a letter to frustrated parents yesterday, writing that the faculty has been "challenged to our core" by the decision to fire Margie Winters. ...

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