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.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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Utah AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry. Republican Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file a petition to have the country's highest court review the decision by a three-judge panel ...

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A look at same-sex marriage legal challenges across U.S.

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them. Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia...

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Indiana AG asks judge to stay same-sex marriage ruling while state appeals

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Greg Zoeller
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana attorney general's office says it will appeal a federal court ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Spokesman Bryan Corbin says attorneys are still analyzing Judge Richard Young's Wednesday ruling and will advise county clerks on what procedures they should follow in its wake.

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First same-sex couple marries in Indianapolis

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Jake Miller, 30, and Craig Bowen, 35, right, kiss after being married by Marion County Clerk Beth White, center, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples have begun applying for marriage licenses and getting hitched in Indiana following a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban. Several couples arrived at the Marion County clerk's office in Indianapolis to apply for marriage licenses about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban was unconstitutional.

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Marion County, Ind., clerk to begin performing same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Beth White
INDIANAPOLIS -- Marion County Clerk Beth White says she will perform short, civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples who make a $50 donation to a group supporting gay and transgender youths. White's office also is changing the wording of its online marriage license application from bride and groom to spouse and spouse.

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U.S. appeals court rules Utah same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right...

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Federal judge strikes down Indiana ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Wednesday that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause in a mixed ruling involving lawsuits from several gay couples.

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Pa. county to require same-sex couples to marry to retain benefits

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is cutting off benefits to same-sex partners of its employees unless they're married. Allegheny County officials say they're changing the policy now that a federal judge has allowed same-sex couples to marry in Pennsylvania. The county once limited benefits to those married to county employees...

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Federal judge to hear arguments in challenge to La. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Wednesday morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by two same-sex couples married in Iowa who were seeking to have their marriages...

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Fla. AG seeks to defend same-sex marriage ban in two additional lawsuits

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, whose strong defense of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal court has already prompted sharp criticism, is moving to defend the ban in two other lawsuits pending in state courts. Bondi's office on Tuesday filed motions to intervene in lawsuits that had been filed ...

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