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Marriage Equality

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.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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Pa. county clerk not abandoning fight to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, says she's not abandoning her fight, even after a U.S. Supreme Court justice rejected her bid to put the ruling on hold while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.

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Ind. AG wants entire 7th Circuit to determine fate of same-sex marriage ban

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's attorney general wants more than three appellate judges to decide the fate of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The office says in a statement issued Saturday that it filed a motion late Friday asking the entire 10-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Indiana's appeal of a judge's order that struck down the ban.

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Republican governors’ rhetoric softening on same-sex marriage

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
From left: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and Gov.Terry Branstad (R-Iowa).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be...

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Appeals court joins, fast tracks Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage cases

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court has combined Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage cases and put them on the fast track. The move Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes a day after Wisconsin's attorney general filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling last month striking down that state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for indefinite stay of gay marriage ruling

| Friday, July 11, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal appeals court has denied Utah's request for an indefinite stay pending appeal of a ruling ordering the state to recognize more than 1,000 gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order late Friday afternoon. The court will keep the stay in...

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ACLU asks Holder to issue statement recognizing Ind. same-sex marriages

| Friday, July 11, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban. The letter by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana asks Holder to issue a statement that the federal government will...

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A perfect day, one year ago: The wedding that could topple Ohio’s gay marriage ban

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Jim Obergefell, left and John Arthur, right, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, in a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Glen Burnie, Md. Federal Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, questioned the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on gay marriage and whether state officials have the authority to refuse to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black earlier ruled in favor of the couple in a lawsuit seeking to recognize the couples' marriage on Arthur’s death certificate before he died in October from ALS.
“We were together 20 years and 10 months,” Jim Obergefell says, sitting at the dining table of the couple’s condo in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood. Obergefell just tried watching the video of their July 2013 wedding, but he couldn’t get past John’s first words to the camera. It’s too soon after his husband’s passing, from ALS, last October. And John Arthur, at age 48, passed too soon.

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Pennsylvania wedding facility enforces a ‘no same-sex couples’ policy

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania wedding venue has come under fire for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to marry at its facility. The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that The Inne of the Abingtons, located in North Abington, Pa., rejected a recent inquiry by a Greenfield Township woman to host her wedding at the facility because of ...

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N.H. governor signs bill to update law on same-sex marriage recognition

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that clarifies the law to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its gay marriage law. The law makes it clear that New Hampshire recognizes same-sex marriages from the date of marriage. The law also allows gay couples...

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First same-sex couples begin marrying in Denver despite gay marriage ban

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
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DENVER -- Same-sex couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday. The decision added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as the judge said a county clerk can continue giving marriage licenses to gay couples despite what the state's attorney general calls ...

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