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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Groups deliver 18K (first) names of gay marriage opponents to Utah governor

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents of same-sex marriage have given Gov. Gary Herbert's office a list of 18,600 names of people who signed online petitions supporting traditional marriage and Utah's defense of its gay marriage ban. Representatives from the nonprofit conservative groups United Families International and the Sutherland Institute delivered the names ...

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Plaintiffs file appeal notices of Louisiana same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, September 5, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS -- Marriage equality supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Thursday and Friday in their challenge of the ban.

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Fla. Supreme Court won’t rule on same-sex marriage in gay divorce case

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court won't consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban in order to settle a gay couple's divorce case. The high court said Friday the 2nd District Court of Appeal first should rule on the case, in which a lesbian couple married in Massachusetts and is now seeking a divorce in Florida.

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32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage question once and for all

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or have banned it asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow same-sex marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans. And 17 other states, led by Colorado, that have ....

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Fla. officials file notice to appeal federal same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Defendants in two federal lawsuits challenging Florida’s marriage ban filed a notice Thursday that they are appealing the August 21 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle overturning Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Ind. AG to ask U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that found the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday that it seems clear the issue will have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Zoeller says his office will seek a stay while it appeals the decision.

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Wis. AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's attorney general says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appellate ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's spokeswoman, Dana Brueck, said in an email to The Associated Press that Van Hollen has always believed the case will be decided in the that court.

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Federal appeals court issues scathing rebuke of Wis., Ind. gay marriage bans

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Jake Miller, 30, and Craig Bowen, 35, right, kiss after being married by Marion County Clerk Beth White, center, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
CHICAGO -- A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution, in another in a series of courtroom wins for marriage equality advocates. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago bumps the number of states where gay marriage could be legal from 19 to 21.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to officiate another same-sex wedding

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate another same-sex wedding this weekend in New York. Ginsburg will officiate the ceremony for Danny Rubens, her former law clerk, and his his soon-to-be spouse Danny Grossman, also an attorney.

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Ark. Supreme Court denies recusal bid in same-sex marriage case

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' highest court has denied a request by same-sex couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban that any justices planning to seek re-election recuse themselves from the case. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday denied the motion asking any justice expecting to run for re-election anytime in the future to consider not hearing the appeal ...

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