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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

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 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.

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Judge in North Carolina marriage case sets deadline for additional briefs

Friday, October 10, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina's gay marriage ban has asked for more briefs in the case, setting a new deadline for early next week. Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. in Greensboro issued a Friday afternoon order asking for answers to a series of questions and setting a deadline...

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Judge signals Arizona same-sex marriage ban could fall

Friday, October 10, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- The federal judge considering challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban says the outcome appears to be dictated by an appellate court's ruling overturning bans in two other states. U.S. District Judge John Sedwick said in an order issued Thursday that the sides in one of the Arizona cases may submit briefs discussing the...

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North Carolina GOP leaders file brief hoping to thwart gay marriage ruling

Friday, October 10, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for North Carolina Republican leaders on Friday filed a legal brief urging a federal judge to allow them to intervene in a pair of cases seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.

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Virginia governor says married, same-sex couples can now adopt

Friday, October 10, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sending notice to local social services divisions that married gay couples can now adopt children.

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

Friday, October 10, 2014
Jefferson Ruck, right, and Thomas Topovski react as they hear they can get a marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. The two were one of the first few couples to get a same-sex marriage license in Las Vegas.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage, followed by a ruling overturning some bans in Western states. Here's a rundown of the most recent developments:

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Kansas county issues state’s first marriage license to a same-sex couple

Friday, October 10, 2014
Kansas
OLATHE, Kan. -- A court office in Kansas' most populous county issued a marriage license Friday to a gay couple, believed to be the first such license in the state. Liz Dickinson, a member of the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, said she was at the county courthouse Friday when the couple received their license. The Johnson County District Court...

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Marriage equality advocates urge Arizona AG to stop defending state’s ban

Friday, October 10, 2014
Supporters rallied outside Thursday as members of the group Why Marriage Matters delivered petitions urging Attorney General Tom Horne to stop defending Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.
PHOENIX – Delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures in a little red wagon, supporters of gay marriage called Thursday for Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his defense of the state’s ban. The wagon belonged to the daughter of Phoenix couple Kevin Patterson and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two pending lawsuits challenging the ban.

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Battle over same-sex marriage goes before a federal court in Alaska

Friday, October 10, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The first same-sex marriage ban that was passed in the U.S. will be tested before a judge in Alaska on Friday, the culmination of a week when a federal appeals court struck down similar bans in two states and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to weigh in on the issue.

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Same-sex marriage still in limbo in Kansas in all but one county

Friday, October 10, 2014
Angela Schaefer, left, and partner, Jennifer Schaefer hold an application for a marriage license at the clerk's office at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kan., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. They are due to obtain their license Tuesday, after the weekend and the Columbus Day holiday Monday.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Wedding plans of gay couples across Kansas were in limbo Thursday, with all but one of the state's 105 counties refusing to issue marriage licenses and the American Civil Liberties Union preparing to sue in a bid to overturn the state's ban on same-sex unions. Couples began showing up at county marriage license offices around ...

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Christie says states should decide whether to allow same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 9, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a rally for Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett who is seeking a second term, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie says it shouldn't be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether states allow same-sex marriage. The Republican governor weighed in Thursday on the court's decision this week not to hear appeals from a handful of states, paving the way for a significant expansion across the country.

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