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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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, 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 and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Federal judge strikes down Montana same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
J. Stephen Conn
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- A federal judge in Montana has struck down that state's same-sex marriage ban. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris comes in a challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana on behalf of four same-sex couples who sued to overturn the ban. [...]

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S.C. Supreme Court lifts injunction that blocked same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court has lifted an injunction that prohibited the state's probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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‘19 Kids’ star Josh Duggar leads anti-gay marriage rally at Arkansas capitol

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Josh Duggar of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," now Executive Director of FRC Action, speaks at an ant-gay marriage rally in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Opponents of same-sex marriage rallied at the Arkansas state Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that the state Supreme Court not overturn a 2004 ballot measure that defines marriage in Arkansas as being between one man and one woman. [...]

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Alaska has spent over $100K defending same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska has spent more than $103,000 to defend a lawsuit that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Judge issues first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A judge issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina on Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions. Judge Irvin Condon's office handed out six licenses in the first 90 minutes the Charleston County [...]

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Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble supports marriage equality

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Procter & Gamble, makers of some of the world's best known brands -- including Charmin, Crest, Gillette, Pampers, and Tide -- said Tuesday it openly supports same-sex marriage. [...]

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Florida AG wants appeals court to extend stay on same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking to keep intact the state's ban on same-sex marriage until ongoing appeals have finished. [...]

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South Carolina AG to ask U.S. Supreme Court to block same-sex marriages

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Attorney General Alan Wilson (R-S.C.)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent same-sex marriages from beginning in the state on Thursday. [...]

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Springfield, Mo., school district grants benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Married same-sex couples will be eligible for health benefits from the Springfield school district, starting Dec. 1. [...]

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Arkansas same-sex marriage ban heading to state, federal courts this week

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' highest court and a federal judge will hear arguments this week over the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decade after voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Attorneys for the state and a group of gay couples [...]

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