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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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Alabama AG asks federal judge to delay future same-sex marriage rulings

Monday, March 9, 2015
Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
Attorney General Luther Strange has asked U.S. District Judge Callie Granade to delay any more same-sex marriage decisions until the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this year. [...]

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Utah officials could refuse to perform marriages under new bill

Monday, March 9, 2015
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The bill would allow officials to opt out of marrying same-sex couples, but only if they give up their right to marry all couples. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: March 9, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015
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The Alabama Supreme Court has gone rogue on marriage, and that has George Takei pretty annoyed. [...]

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Obama Administration backs nationwide marriage equality in Supreme Court brief

Friday, March 6, 2015
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The Obama Administration has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the high court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the nation. [...]

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Civil rights groups seek class action status, demand for marriage equality in Alabama

Friday, March 6, 2015
Milton Persinger, left, and Robert Povilat, both of Mobile, Ala., get married at Government Plaza as the Rev. Sandy O'Steen from Cornerstone Metropolitan Community Church officiates. They were the first same-sex couple to get married in Mobile, Ala., Thursday Feb. 12, 2015.
The motion requests that the federal district court expand their lawsuit to cover all county probate judges in the state. [...]

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Super Bowl, World Series champs back marriage equality in Supreme Court brief

Friday, March 6, 2015
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The New England Patriots support marriage equality for same-sex couples. So do the San Francisco Giants. [...]

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More than 300 Republican lawmakers sign brief supporting same-sex marriage

Friday, March 6, 2015
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Among the signatories are 23 current and former GOP members of the U.S. House and Senate and seven current and former Governors. [...]

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Federal appeals court blocks Nebraska same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, March 5, 2015
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A federal appeals court has allowed Nebraska's gay marriage ban to stay in place, putting a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban on hold. [...]

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Alabama lawmakers seek protection for judges who won’t marry same-sex couples

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
Alabama lawmakers want legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to officiate at, or recognize, weddings that violate their religious beliefs. [...]

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N.C. House panel weighs bill to exempt officials from same-sex weddings

Thursday, March 5, 2015
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
The Senate bill approved last week would let officials refuse to carry out marriage duties with a “sincerely held religious objection.” [...]

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