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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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Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

Thursday, August 27, 2015
April Miller, right, and her partner Karen Roberts embrace after reading the decision of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to hear Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' appeal ordering her to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs .
But a Kentucky clerk's office on Thursday once again refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple. ...

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BREAKING: Appeals court upholds gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam.
Despite her religious beliefs, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis absolutely must issue marriage licenses to gay coulpes ...

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This pastor blames gay rights for stock market plummet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Carl Gallups
"How can we arrogantly usher in the Sodom and Gomorrah spirit of degradation and abomination... and then celebrate it?" ...

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Justice Kennedy’s words sparkle in gay and straight wedding ceremonies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Blake Keng, right, reads from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s recent opinion on same-sex marriage during the wedding of Jillian Levine Smith, left, and Emily Smith, center, in Provincetown, Mass.
Excerpts of Justice Anthony Kennedy's 28-page majority opinion have been making their way into ceremonies all over the country. ...

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Gay man writes his family to tell them he’s engaged; receives hateful reply from dad

Monday, August 24, 2015
"Three years ago," he writes, "I met someone who took my breath away..."
"My name was NEVER to be given to another man," his father writes. ...

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NOM turns over donor list from gay marriage fight in Maine

Monday, August 24, 2015
NOM President Brian Brown at a "protect marriage" rally.
The National Organization for Marriage tried to suppress the list, but the Maine supreme court rejected a move to delay its release. ...

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Couple that challenged gay marriage ban finally to wed

Saturday, August 22, 2015
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse — the two Michigan women who legally challenged the state's ban on gay marriage — are expected to exchange vows during a ceremony in suburban Detroit. ...

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Thousands rally for clerks denying gay marriage licenses

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis speaks to a gathering of supporters during a rally on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Davis spoke at the rally organized by The Family Foundation of Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The crowd of a few thousand included churchgoers from around the state. Davis has been sued by The American Civil Liberties Union for denying marriage licenses to gay couples. She says her Christian faith prohibits her from signing licenses for same-sex couples.
A jubilant crowd cheered for three Kentucky county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ...

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On Republicans and their “religious liberty”

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Balloons spell out the word "love" over 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.
Barb Weicksel sheds some light on The First Amendment Defense Act, a bill that would allow for discrimination against same-sex marriage. ...

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Union University leaves council over same-sex marriage

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, shakes hands with Dr. Samuel Oliver, president of Union University, left, after participating in a conference call in Lee's Capitol Hill office in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, with representatives from religious nonprofits who are concerned about how the Supreme Court's upcoming gay marriage decision will affect their institutions, and members of the media. Dr. Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters is center.
Union President Samuel Oliver notified the council of the school's withdrawal in a letter on Aug. 10. ...

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