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Marriage Equality

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, the United States 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.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk voices support for marriage equality

| Friday, August 1, 2014
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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk voices his support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign's "Americans For Marriage Equality" campaign. In the video, Hawk states, “We all deserve to follow our hearts, and we need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right.”

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Judge asked to lift stay in challenge to W.Va. same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
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HUNTINGTON, W.V. -- Attorneys for three same-sex couples challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to to lift a stay it had entered pending the decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in similar challenge in neighboring Virginia.

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Ginsburg: U.S. Supreme Court won’t ‘duck’ same-sex marriage issue

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier.

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AG wouldn’t defend partner registry, but will defend same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he stands by his decision not to defend Wisconsin's domestic partner registry. The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday that the registry giving limited benefits to same-sex couples does not violate the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The registry was enacted ...

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Veteran NBA referee Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Referee Violet Palmer explains a call to Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, not shown, as Cleveland Cavaliers' Lester Hudson (14) looks on during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland in 2012.
Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. "This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world...

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Catholic Church fires music director over plans to marry same-sex partner

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Colin Collette, left, and Will Nifong, in Rome where the couple got engaged.
INVERNESS, Ill. -- The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner. Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. After leading the music on Sunday ...

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Wis. Supreme Court upholds state’s domestic partner registry

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Entrance to the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the state capitol building in Madison.
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's domestic partner registry does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a unanimous decision that gay rights activists hailed as an important but intermediate step in legalizing same-sex marriage. Democratic lawmakers enacted the registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples...

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Same-sex couples denied marriage licenses in South Carolina county

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county. The couples had expected their requests would be rejected Wednesday in Greenville County because the state's ban on same-sex marriage still stands. The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality's "We Do" project.

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When did the arguments against same-sex marriage become so silly?

Via: SLATE | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The inanity continues full-throttle, because gay marriage opponents have backed themselves into the corner they’ve always dreaded. The result is the current tailspin of idiocy, a shifting argument with rootless standards roaming from rationale to rationale in a desperate attempt to find shelter from the storm of progress swirling around it...

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Ark. officials asks federal court to keep same-sex marriage ban in place

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.

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