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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, 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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Alabama chief justice orders judges to refuse to issue same‑sex marriage licenses

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Roy Moore
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore late Sunday ordered all probate judges and employees in Alabama to follow existing state law and not issue or recognize same-sex marriages. [...]

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Indiana woman who fought state’s gay marriage ban loses battle with cancer

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
A terminally ill woman whose desire to have her same-sex marriage recognized by Indiana before she died helped galvanize efforts to overturn the state's gay marriage ban has lost her battle with cancer. [...]

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Alabama set to become 37th state to allow same-sex marriage

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Alabama
Alabama on Monday will become the 37th state where same-sex couples can legally wed unless the U.S. Supreme Court orders a last-minute stay of a federal judge's decision overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. [...]

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Slovakia holds referendum on same-sex marriage, adoption

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovaks are voting in a nationwide a referendum that would bar gay marriages and adoptions, and allow parents to decide whether their children attend sex education classes. [...]

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Boehner: House GOP won’t weigh in on gay marriage cases before Supreme Court

Friday, February 6, 2015
U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on same-sex marriage when the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue this Spring. [...]

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Idaho same-sex marriage case could cost state another $300,000

Friday, February 6, 2015
Amber Beierle, center right, gets a hug from Mistie Tolman after she and partner Rachael Beierle, right, received their marriage license Wednesday morning, OCt. 15, 2014, at the Ada County Courthouse Recorder's office in Boise, Idaho. Amber and Rachael were part of four couples who sued the state over Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage.
The legal team that successfully fought to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage has filed paperwork seeking an additional $300,000 in court costs. [...]

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Montana Attorney General asking for delay in same-sex marriage appeal

Friday, February 6, 2015
Attorney General Tim Fox (R-Mont.)
A spokesman for the Montana attorney general says the state will move to delay its appeal of a ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. [...]

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Alabama designs new marriage license to accommodate same-sex unions

Thursday, February 5, 2015
AP
The Alabama Department of Public Health sent the form Thursday to probate judges across the state. The form has two spaces that read spouse, instead of separate listings for bride and groom. [...]

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Arkansas Supreme Court: Who should decide same-sex marriage case?

Thursday, February 5, 2015
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The Arkansas Supreme Court wants lawyers in a same-sex marriage case to tell it which justices they believe should decide the issue. [...]

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Why Lance Bass’ big gay wedding matters

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Lance Bass
E!’s airing of the ‘N Sync-er’s marriage will be America’s first televised gay wedding. Is it gross to put your wedding on TV? Yes, obviously. But it’s also important. [...]

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