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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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Wis. Democratic lawmakers ask Walker to drop same-sex marriage appeal

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Democrats are asking Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop their defense of the state's gay marriage ban, arguing it's a waste of money. Fifteen Democratic state senators and 25 Democratic representatives sent letters to Walker and Van Hollen on Wednesday.

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7th Circuit rejects Wis. bid to join Ind. request for full court marriage hearing

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal appeals court has rejected Wisconsin's initial bid to join Indiana in seeking a full-court hearing on the two states' bans on same-sex marriage. But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Wisconsin could file its own request.

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Macedonia to consider constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonia's parliament has agreed to consider proposed constitutional amendments to effectively ban same-sex marriage. Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to begin the amendment process proposed by the governing conservatives, who with their political allies already have the two-thirds majority of seats needed to approve the change...

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Indiana outlines reasons for same-sex marriage appeal

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana has outlined its reasons for appealing a federal judge's decision that struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban. The state's arguments appear in a brief filed Tuesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. They repeat the same arguments the state has made previously, essentially that regulating marriage should be ...

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Croatia approves civil partnerships for same-sex couples

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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ZAGREB, Croatia -- The Eastern European country of Croatia on Tuesday approved a law granting civil partnerships for same-sex couples. The Life Partnership Act, approved by the Croatian parliament by a vote of 89-16, grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as marriage, with the exception of adoption.

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N.C. pastors call on governor to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pastors from across North Carolina gathered Tuesday to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to defend the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the face of lawsuits from same-sex couples in the state and around the country. When McCrory, a Republican, ran for governor in 2012, he supported the state amendment that defined marriage ...

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Federal judge considers separate Colorado same-sex marriage challenge

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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DENVER -- A federal judge says he will decide by July 25 whether to order Colorado to immediately allow same-sex couples to marry. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore is presiding over a lawsuit against the state's samesex marriage ban. There is no dispute that he will find that the ban is unconstitutional. The only disagreement is whether he should...

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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case...

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Court schedules arguments in Ind., Wis., same-sex marriage appeals

| Monday, July 14, 2014
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A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in challenges of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana's on Aug. 13. Federal judges in both states have struck down the bans as unconstitutional. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated the Wisconsin and Indiana cases on Friday and put them on the fast track.

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Colorado AG asks state Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages

| Monday, July 14, 2014
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DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to uphold Colorado's same-sex marriage ban and stop gay couples from marrying. Republican Attorney General John Suthers on Monday asked the court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to the couples until it rules on his appeal of a lower court's ruling that the...

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