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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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A gay dad sounds off on Christians debating whether to attend a friend’s same-sex wedding

Friday, July 3, 2015
Catrina Burks is assisted up the steps in Bronson Park before Rev. Nathan Dannison unites her and her wife Marashette Burks in marriage in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday, June 26, 2015.
On the Friday of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, the news hit like a rainbow colored Tsunami. That day, for me, and many LGBT people I know, was a awash with shock, awe and wonderment. Everything was coming up ...

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Lead plaintiff at center of same-sex marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters

Friday, July 3, 2015
Jim Obergefell, center, the man at the center of the landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, looks to Malcolm Lazin, right, with the Equality Forum, after they laid down a wreath at the Gay Pioneers historical marker across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. Some 40 activists picketed for gay rights on July Fourth in 1965 at the site.
Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man at the center of the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. ...

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Tennessee: All three clerks in Decatur County resign over opposition to same-sex marriage

Friday, July 3, 2015
Decatur County Courthouse in Decaturville, Tenn.
Officials in Decatur County, Tenn., say all three employees in the clerk's office have resigned because of their opposition to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage. ...

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Kansas: State’s defense of same-sex marriage ban cost taxpayers $100K

Friday, July 3, 2015
The Kansas attorney general's office says legal disputes involving the state's same-sex marriage ban have cost taxpayers nearly $100,000 over the past 18 months. ...

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Montana’s unenforceable same‑sex marriage ban to remain in state constitution

Friday, July 3, 2015
Montana state capitol in Helena.
"Words do matter," said Niki Zupanic of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana. "Even though the ban can't be enforced any longer, keeping them on the books is sending the message that gay and lesbian citizens are second class." ...

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Report: Alabama counties now complying with same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Jessica Dent, left, and Carolee Taylor, right, show their marriage license at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Montgomery, Ala.
Lawyers representing same-sex couples said Thursday that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. ...

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Arkansas GOP working on new anti-gay marriage religious protections

Thursday, July 2, 2015
As of yet, Arkansas' civil rights law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity.
Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for religious organizations in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. ...

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Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, July 2, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis over the issue. That case is pending.
Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. ...

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Alaska officially drops appeal in challenge to same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Alaska
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday accepted a joint notice to dismiss an appeal filed by the state and attorney Allison Mendel, who represented the couples who filed suit against the Alaska. ...

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Kansas governor pondering same-sex marriage ‘religious objections’ legislation

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling. ...

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