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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

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 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.

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Mormon leader reiterates opposition to gay marriage at biannual conference

Saturday, October 4, 2014
People fill their seats in the Conference Center before the start of opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who believe differently. Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve said Saturday during the faith's biannual conference... Bu

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Debate over marriage equality splinters Republican ranks into 3 camps

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei speaks to supporters in Wakefield, Mass., on Jan. 23, 2014, as he announces he will run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Tisei is one of three openly gay Republicans nationwide running in this year's midterm elections for Congress.
NEW YORK -- As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps. There's a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish the issue would disappear.

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Judge rules Missouri must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Friday, October 3, 2014
Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states, a state judge ruled Friday, saying the state's constitution and laws banning the unions are unconstitutional. The order by Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs means that such couples will be eligible to sign up for a wide range of...

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Scalia: U.S. Supreme Court will consider marriage equality ‘soon, soon’

Friday, October 3, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hinted Wednesday that the high court will consider the issue of same-sex marriage -- "soon." Scalia was fielding questions Wednesday evening following a speech at the University of Colorado when he was asked if the court will take up the question of whether state same-sex marriage bans are constitutional.

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Midterm elections poll: Social issues rank at bottom of voters’ priority lists

Thursday, October 2, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Heading toward the midterm elections, Democrats hold their strongest advantages on issues such as abortion or same-sex marriage, yet these same issues land near the bottom of voters' priority lists, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. Asked in an open-ended question to name the most important issue currently facing the ...

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No action from U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage cases

Thursday, October 2, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has taken no action on appeals asking it to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. The gay marriage cases are not among cases the court agreed to hear in its term that begins next week.

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Alliance Defending Freedom lobbies for anti-gay marriage vote in Slovakia

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Slovakia
Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based Religious Right powerhouse, has urged Slovakia’s constitutional court to allow anti-gay activists to place a referendum on the country’s ballot that would reinforce the current bans on same-sex marriage, adoption, and domestic partner protections and add a provision making it harder for schools to offer sex education.

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Ark. governor names retired justice to hear same-sex marriage appeal

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Gov. Mike Beebe has named a retired judge from Harrison to fill in as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court in the lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. eebe on Wednesday named retired Judge Robert W. McCorkindale to serve on the court as it considers whether to uphold the 2004 constitutional ...

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Texas AG opposes same-sex marriage because he’s been married 33 years

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
DALLAS -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday he opposes same-sex marriage because he’s been married to his wife for more than 33 years. Abbott's remarks during came Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate against Democrat Wendy Davis in Dallas.

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What happens if the U.S. Supreme Court rejects same-sex marriage cases?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now. A decision by the justices to reject calls from all quarters to take up same-sex marriage would allow gay and lesbian couples in ...

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