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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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Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Jeb Bush
For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. Yet the response to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling was mild in comparison with the outrage that followed the court's decision Thursday ...

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Long struggle, quick endgame as marriage equality becomes law of the land

Sunday, June 28, 2015
The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a law stipulating that the federal government would not recognize marriages of same-sex couples. On Friday night, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages ...

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Liberal justices prevail in this year’s high-profile U.S. Supreme Court cases

Sunday, June 28, 2015
This April 28, 2015, artist rendering shows Tennessee Associate Solicitor General Joseph Walen arguing before the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage in Washington. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito Jr., and Elena Kagan. The Supreme Court’s four liberal justices have been in the majority in virtually all the year’s biggest cases.
With a notable paucity of dissents and not a single word to say about same-sex marriage, health care or housing discrimination, the court's liberal justices prevailed in almost every important case in recent months. ...

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‘Baker v. Nelson’ same-sex marriage pioneer hails U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Sunday, June 28, 2015
In this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis. The couple was blocked from getting a license which prompted a lawsuit that was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 in Baker v. Nelson. Four decades later, the couple is still together in Minneapolis as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26, 2015 that marriage equality is a constitutional right.
A Minnesota man who fought for his own same-sex marriage more than 40 years ago is celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. ...

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Republican White House hopefuls deride same-sex marriage ruling

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Mike Huckabee
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. ...

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Evan Wolfson: ‘I ALWAYS believed we would win, but I didn’t expect to cry.’

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Evan Wolfson
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday, that the Constitution guarantees gay people the freedom to marry, is a monumental and inspiring victory. America got it right. Love won. We all did. ... And now we must get back to work. ...

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Santorum denounces marriage ruling as Supreme Court decision dominates conservative gathering

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Rick Santorum
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum denounced the landmark gay marriage ruling Friday in a fiery speech to about 4,000 conservatives gathered in Denver. ...

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Q&A: Where Texas stands following Supreme Court marriage decision

Saturday, June 27, 2015
A couple arrives at the Travis County building to apply for a marriage license at after the US. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Here's an update on how same-sex marriage is reverberating across Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to wed. ...

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For Obama and Clinton, it’s been a long journey to ‘yes’ on marriage equality

Saturday, June 27, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington  on June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. When Obama praised the Supreme Court’s watershed same-sex marriage ruling, he held it up as evidence that a "shift in hearts and minds is possible." Obama may well have been describing his own public trajectory on gay unions _ a complicated path that took him through opposition and ambivalence to enthusiastic embrace.
"It has been an evolutionary process," said Fred Sainz of the HRC. But he said Obama now stands as one of the great champions of gay rights, up there with the likes of Harvey Milk. As for Clinton, he said, ...

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New Yorkers celebrate nationwide marriage ruling with pop-up parties, weddings

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Emily Burke, left, and Lindsay Meeks react with hundreds of others gathered during a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.
From pop-up parties to weddings, New Yorkers celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. ...

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