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Marriage Equality

As of January 6, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states (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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Florida judge says Orlando official can issue same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Orlando
Circuit Judge Timothy Shea says the Orange County Clerk of Courts won't be breaking the law if she issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida's ban on gay marriage is lifted next Tuesday. [...]

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Federal judge moves to speed up ruling in Kansas same-sex marriage suit

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Kansas
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has directed opposing attorneys to narrow factual disputes and to propose a schedule at the end of January for him to hear legal issues. [...]

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First same-sex marriage in Dominican Republic performed at British Embassy

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Dominican Republic
Same-sex marriage is banned in the Dominican Republic, but a British national married his partner in the first ceremony of its kind performed at the British embassy in the conservative Caribbean country. [...]

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Scotland celebrates the new year as marriage equality law takes full effect

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Joe Schofield, Malcolm Brown and Ross Wright
Scotlanders are ringing in the new year by celebrating a new marriage equality law that came into effect on New Year's Eve. [...]

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Florida-based supermarket chain to offer benefits to married, same-sex couples

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
publix
Publix is expanding spouse coverage for its health, dental and vision benefit plans to associates who are married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates’ state of residence. [...]

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Conservative group files lawsuits to stop same-sex marriages in Florida

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Florida
Florida Family Action argues the lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage applies to only Washington County, where the legal challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban originated. [...]

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ACLU wants couple barred from Nebraska same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Harold Wilson (left) and Gracy Sedlak
The ACLU says Harold B. Wilson and his transgender fiancee Gracy Sedlak have not demonstrated that the seven Nebraska couples already in the suit do not adequately represent the couple's interests. [...]

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Florida asks judge to decide who can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, December 29, 2014
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Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked a federal judge to clarify whether clerks in all counties can issue marriage licenses to gay couples starting next week. [...]

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Poll: Majority of Nebraska voters still oppose legalizing same-sex marriage

Monday, December 29, 2014
Nebraska
A new poll finds that the majority of Nebraskans still oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, but in Ohama, more people support marriage equality than oppose it. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 29, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014
Florida-marriage
Something big's going to happen in Florida next week, we just don't know what yet, and the Supreme Court is going to examine multiple marriage cases in early January. [...]

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