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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.

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Marriage News Watch, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were Thursday this morning alongside their daughters in Travis County, Texas.
A few judges are still refusing to see gay and lesbian couples in Alabama. Texas has had its first lesbian marriage, and now state officials are scrambling to find a way to undo it. [...]

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Among the Navajos, a renewed debate about same-sex marriage

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Navajo-NYT
Tradition reigns on the Navajo reservation, but the national debate over same-sex marriage is prompting some to re-examine a 2005 tribal law called the Dine Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex unions on the reservation.
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Alabama chief justice Roy Moore has no regrets over same-sex marriage fight

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Roy Moore
Alabama's chief justice, previously best known for being removed from office for refusing to move a 5,300-pound Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building, has been thrust back into the national spotlight over his fight to block same-sex marriage from coming to Alabama. [...]

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GOP lawmaker proposes Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage … again

Saturday, February 21, 2015
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
Republican lawmaker Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House that proposes amending the Constitution so that only marriages between one man and one woman are legal. [...]

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Ireland sets date for national vote on legalizing same-sex marriage

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Dublin, Ireland
Voters in Ireland will head to the polls on May 22 to determine whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. [...]

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Mo. GOP lawmakers want to intervene in lawsuits, namely same-sex marriage cases

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
Missouri's Republican Senate leader wants the ability to intervene in lawsuits regarding the constitutionality of state laws, if the attorney general declines to appeal or ask for a stay of a court ruling. [...]

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Finland president signs marriage equality bill, law takes effect in 2017

Friday, February 20, 2015
Finland
Finland's president has signed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in the Nordic country, but because the reform will require wide-ranging changes in other legislation, the new marriage act will not take effect until 2017. [...]

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HRC to examine if Roy Moore coordinated lawsuit against same-sex marriage

Friday, February 20, 2015
Roy Moore
The Human Rights Campaign filed an Alabama Open Records request on Thursday seeking government email and phone records of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to determine his role in a third-party lawsuit against marriage equality in the state. [...]

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Texas AG asks state Supreme Court to void same‑sex couple’s marriage

Friday, February 20, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend, left, and Suzanne Bryant celebrate with their daughters Dawn Goodfriend, left, 18, and Ting Goodfriend, 13, at Highland Lounge in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, after becoming the first legally married same-sex couple in Texas.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday the state's same-sex marriage ban has been "needlessly cast in doubt" after a judge gave a lesbian couple from Austin permission to tie the knot. Paxton warned of "legal chaos" if the state Supreme Court doesn't void their marriage and make clear [...]

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CNN poll: 63 percent of Americans say same-sex couples have a right to marry

Friday, February 20, 2015
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Sixty-three percent of Americans say that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized by the law as valid, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday. [...]

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