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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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Attorney requests ruling in South Dakota same-sex marriage case

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The attorney representing the six same-sex couples challenging South Dakota's gay marriage ban has asked a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling. Minneapolis-based attorney Joshua Newville filed the motion for summary judgment last week. In the same memorandum Newville included a response to the state’s motion to...

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California governor signs bill to update state’s marriage laws

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation replacing language in state law that defines marriage as "between a man and a woman." The bill, SB1306, takes effect Jan. 1, reflecting the legality of same-sex marriage after a decade of litigation. Brown announced the signing Monday.

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Missouri county says it will not defend state’s ban on same-sex marriage

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County, Mo., will not fight a lawsuit challenging Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders tells KMBC-TV that he won’t spend taxpayer money to defend the ban, and that “it’s not the county’s obligation to defend State of Missouri actions.”

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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other. Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge...

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Key West couple’s challenge to Fla. same-sex marriage ban goes to court

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
KEY WEST, Fla. — A same-sex couple from Key West, Fla., are in court Monday for a hearing on their challenge to Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Aaron Huntsman, 43, and William Lee Jones, 42, filed suit in April in Monroe County after being refused a marriage license. The couple, bartenders at 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West, wanted to marry...

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Kansas same-sex marriage opponents to revive religious freedom debate

| Sunday, July 6, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas legislators will face renewed pressure next year to provide additional legal protections to those who want to avoid accommodating same-sex couples for religious reasons in the wake of federal courts nationwide invalidating state gay marriage bans. A "religious freedom" measure failed in the Legislature earlier this year...

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Colo. gay lawmakers want same-sex marriage ban overturned immediately

| Saturday, July 5, 2014
Sen. Pat Steadman is one of five openly gay lawmakers in Colorado.
DENVER -- Saying further delays are pointless, gay lawmakers Thursday called for Colorado's same-sex marriage ban to be declared unconstitutional and for such a ruling to be effective immediately. The lawmakers made the comments a day after Republican Attorney General John Suthers' asked a federal court in Denver for an injunction declaring Colorado's...

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Uber celebrates LGBT Pride, marriage equality by marrying eight couples

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
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In celebration of San Francisco's LGBT pride and to commemorate the anniversary of marriage equality returning to California, eight couples -- gay and straight -- said “I do” in a ceremony on Saturday sponsored by Uber, the transportation network company based in San Francisco.

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United Nations to begin recognizing staff members’ legal same-sex unions

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations has announced it would recognize the gay marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of homosexual employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues.

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Federal appeals court rejects Pa. clerk’s bid to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court has rejected a county official's bid to appeal a ruling that overturned Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. The Philadelphia-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday denied Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney's request to intervene in the case.

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