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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. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.

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Ireland votes resoundingly to legalize same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 23, 2015
A yes supporter waits at Dublin castle for the final result in the referendum in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.
Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize same-sex marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution." [...]

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Gay couple, one of whom adopted the other, has adoption vacated now that they can marry

Friday, May 22, 2015
Bill Novak, right, and Norman MacArthur at their home in Erwinna, Pa. The couple, who were legally recognized as father and son, has gotten a judge to vacate the adoption now that same-sex partners can get married in Pennsylvania.
When Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur moved to the Philadelphia suburbs nearly 20 years ago, they were dismayed to learn that Pennsylvania would not recognize their domestic partnership from New York. [...]

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First Texas GOP lawmaker backs same-sex marriage

Friday, May 22, 2015
Sarah Davis
Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) expressed support for same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first Republican state lawmaker in Texas history to publicly do so. [...]

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Five things to know about Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum

Friday, May 22, 2015
YES posters cover a shop's windows in the center of Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 21, 2015. People from across the Republic of Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a vote that pits the power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded Irish government of Enda Kenny.
Ireland's voters decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage. While 19 other nations and most U.S. states have already done so, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. [...]

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Ireland goes to the polls to vote on marriage equality

Friday, May 22, 2015
Members of the Yes Equality campaign begin canvassing in the center of Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 21, 2015. People from across the Republic of Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a vote that pits the power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded Irish government of Enda Kenny.
Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring same-sex marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. [...]

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Judge again rules gay couples across Alabama have right to marry, puts decision on hold

Thursday, May 21, 2015
US-District-Judge-Callie-Granade
A federal judge has again ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Texas House approves bill protecting clergy from officiating same-sex unions

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The Texas state House is has given preliminary approval to a GOP-backed bill allowing clergy members to refuse to perform marriages that violate their beliefs. [...]

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Irish premier: ‘Create history’ by voting yes for same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Yes campaign posters are seen in Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Barely a generation ago, Ireland listed homosexual acts as a crime and made gays lead secret lives or emigrate to more liberal lands. But on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the world’s first national referendum on the matter, the Irish could vote to legalize same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny is urging Ireland's voters to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in a referendum that pits the power of the Catholic Church against his secular-minded government. [...]

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Professor retracts study on same-sex marriage opinions following false data allegations

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
AP
Donald Green, who teaches political science at Columbia, said his co-author had been unable to produce the raw data that purportedly was used to come up with the study's findings. [...]

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Born this way: Majority of Americans say being gay is not a choice

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
AP
A new Gallup poll released Wednesday finds that, for the first time, a majority of Americans say same-sex orientation is something gays and lesbians are born with, rather than something that is determined by their upbringing or environment. [...]

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