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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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Idaho governor asks 11-judge panel to review same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for an 11-judge panel to review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's same-sex marriage ban last week. Otter announced Tuesday in a news release that the federal judges failed to use the correct legal standard to Idaho's Constitutional definition of marriage.

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Wisconsin governor trumpets opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn't said much publicly about his positions on abortion or same-sex marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants.

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Marriage equality in the ‘Equality State’ – Wyoming legalizes same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming stood poised Tuesday to become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions. The state was scheduled to file a legal notice saying it won't defend...

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Would Texas AG have also defended his state’s ban on interracial marriage?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Greg Abbott
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has led his state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban, has repeatedly said his role is to defend state laws. So the question was posed, would Abbott have also fought to defend the old Texas law banning interracial marriages?

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Federal judge sets hearing on request to strike down Kansas gay marriage ban

Monday, October 20, 2014
Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A federal judge has set a hearing this week to hear arguments over whether he should order Kansas to allow same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has scheduled a hearing for Friday at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.

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DOMA attorney to lead federal challenge to Mississippi same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 20, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. The challenge was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson on behalf of two same-sex couples and the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE).

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Wyoming same-sex marriages to begin on Tuesday

Monday, October 20, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Same-sex couples will have to wait until Tuesday before they can get married in Wyoming. Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael says the state will notify a federal court at 10 .m. Tuesday that it won't appeal last Friday's ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

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Alaska resumes issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 20, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Same-sex couples can start getting married in Alaska on Monday. Phillip Mitchell, with the state Department of Vital Statistics, said couples who completed applications last week before the courts issued a stay can start picking up their licenses Monday morning.

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Obama: ‘Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage’

Monday, October 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure.

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Wedding chapel files lawsuit claiming non-discrimination ordinance is unconstitutional

Monday, October 20, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho wedding chapel has filed a lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene, claiming the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.

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