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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. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.

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Alabama House committee votes to let adoption agencies reject same-sex couples

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
An Alabama House Committee voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples on religious grounds. [...]

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The GOP’s same-sex wedding conundrum

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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MSNBC's Chris Hayes and "Savage Love" columnist and LGBT rights activist Dan Savage discuss how Republican presidential hopefuls respond when asked if they'd attend a same-sex wedding for a loved one, and, as Savage notes, how anybody believes they would be invited to one at all. [...]

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Oklahoma lawmakers approve bill allowing clergy, others to refuse same-sex weddings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Legislation that protects members of the clergy who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate. [...]

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No, same-sex marriage will not cause 900,000 abortions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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A group of 100 conservative lawyers and academics recently filed a Supreme Court brief arguing that gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions over the next 30 years. [...]

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Same-sex marriage opponents urge U.S. Supreme Court to resist ‘radical change’ on marriage

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman, but are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of what constitutes a [...]

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Poll: Most Americans say there’s no turning back on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a landmark case on same-sex marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds: There's no turning back. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects NOM’s efforts to overturn Oregon marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to reverse a federal judge's decision that allowed same-sex couples in Oregon to begin marrying. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015
Marriage equality opponents rally outside the Texas state capitol in Austin on Monday, March 23, 2015.
I've rounded up the weirdest Supreme Court briefs that argue in favor of preventing gays and lesbians from marrying. Some are full of mistakes, others have baffling arguments. And at least one is incredibly sexist, and signed by a member of Congress. [...]

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Rubio: Gay is not a choice, but that doesn’t mean you have a constitutional right to marry

Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he believes sexual orientation isn't a choice, but that he remains opposed to federal courts legalizing marriage for same-sex couples. [...]

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Gay mentor, belief in dignity at the core of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s views

Sunday, April 19, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the U.S. Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings. [...]

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