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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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Roy Moore: ‘No court has authority to redefine what God proposed in Genesis’

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at the Defense of the Texas Marriage Amendment Rally outside of the Texas State Capitol on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
“Nothing in the Constitution of the United States, nothing in the laws or precedence of the federal courts give federal courts any authority over domestic policy of family and marriage..." [...]

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United Nations rebuffs Russia resolution, approves benefits for spouses of gay staffers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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The U.N. budget committee has approved Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally wed in a defeat for Russia and opponents of same-sex marriage. [...]

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Plaintiffs seek attorney’s fees in Wyoming same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Plaintiffs who were successful in legalizing same-sex marriage in Wyoming are now seeking to recover nearly $95,000 in attorney's fees and costs. [...]

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American Family Association reminds Supreme Court whose idea marriage was ‘in the first place’

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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The American Family Association on Tuesday published a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post to remind U.S. Supreme Court justices that "only God can define marriage." [...]

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Texas same-sex marriage opponents call for ‘Biblical marriage’ in rally at state capitol

Monday, March 23, 2015
Marriage equality opponents rally outside the Texas state capitol in Austin on Monday, March 23, 2015.
About 250 people gathered Monday afternoon at the Texas Capitol to rally in support of what they call "Biblical marriage" at an event headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. [...]

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Ted Cruz vows to ‘uphold the sacrament of marriage’ as president

Monday, March 23, 2015
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Monday, March 23, 2015 in Lynchburg, Va., to announce his campaign for president.
After pledging to “stand up for the First Amendment rights of every American,” Ted Cruz said he would “defend the sanctity of human life and uphold the sacrament of marriage.” [...]

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Two years after his husband’s death, Jim Obergefell is still fighting for the right to be married

Monday, March 23, 2015
Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Jim Obergefell, left and John Arthur, right, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, in a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Glen Burnie, Md. Federal Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, questioned the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on gay marriage and whether state officials have the authority to refuse to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black earlier ruled in favor of the couple in a lawsuit seeking to recognize the couples' marriage on Arthur’s death certificate before he died in October from ALS.
The wedding, performed on an airport tarmac in 2013, has become iconic within the marriage equality movement, a testament to a couple’s commitment and to the absurd lengths necessary to undertake for a simple ceremony. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015
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It's been nearly two months since marriage was supposed to start in Alabama, and the state still doesn't have its act together, and Texas has filed a lawsuit to prevent married same-sex couples from taking family medical leave. [...]

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Same-sex couples married in Michigan celebrate anniversaries

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sheri Folta, left, and her wife, Cassandra Varner, who is director of communications for Affirmations, slice one of two anniversary cakes together, Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Affirmations in Ferndale, Mich.
Families and friends gathered in four Michigan counties to celebrate the anniversary of about 300 same-sex couples who wed last year during a brief legal window after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down. [...]

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Ted Cruz, who wants a federal ban on same-sex marriage, to launch presidential bid

Sunday, March 22, 2015
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Sen. Ted Cruz, who has called for sweeping legislation to undo federal recognition of marriage equality and modify the U.S. Constitution to block same-sex marriage, will announce a presidential run on Monday. [...]

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