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Marriage Equality

As of October 25, 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 on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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ACLU announces new challenge to Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 6, 2014
Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- A decision by the nation's highest court Monday turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions is expected to clear the way for the expansion soon of same-sex marriages to Kansas.

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Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin blasts court for gay marriage decision

Monday, October 6, 2014
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin is criticizing the federal courts for allowing gay marriage in Oklahoma, saying the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a violation of states' rights.

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Tulsa couple who challenged gay marriage ban marry on courthouse steps

Monday, October 6, 2014
Mary Bishop, left, and Sharon Baldwin, right, celebrate following their wedding ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Bishop and Baldwin were the lead plaintiffs who challenged Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, shortly after 76 percent of Oklahoma voters approved the ban.
TULSA, Okla. -- Clasping bouquets of purple and pink roses and lilies, Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin accomplished Monday a task nearly a decade in the making: becoming legally married in Oklahoma. In a ceremony on the Tulsa County Courthouse steps, just as rush-hour traffic was bottling up downtown, the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit against ...

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Same-sex couples begin marrying in Virginia as AG cheers court decision

Monday, October 6, 2014
Nicole Pries, left, and Lindsey Oliver share a kiss as they celebrate being one of the first same-sex couples in Virginia to be married, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, outside a Richmond Court building in Richmond, Va. The couple were the first in the Richmond are to be married after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn same sex-marriage prohibitions.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way by turning away several appeals, gay couples have started marrying in Virginia. Thirty-year-old Lindsey Oliver and 42-year-old Nicole Pries received the first same-sex marriage license issued from the Richmond Circuit Court Clerk's office shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

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South Carolina AG says he will keep fighting to uphold gay marriage ban

Monday, October 6, 2014
Attorney General Alan Wilson (R-S.C.)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will keep fighting to uphold the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Wilson issued a statement Monday hours after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of a ruling allowing same-sex marriage by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over South Carolina.

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How marriage equality is unfolding in 11 states affected by Supreme Court action

Monday, October 6, 2014
AP
The Supreme Court on Monday denied appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin in which those states sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. The decision also means couples in six other states - Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming - should be able to get married soon.

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Supreme Court action puts pressure on Fla. AG over gay marriage appeals

Monday, October 6, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being asked to drop her appeals in several ongoing lawsuits challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The request was made Monday by groups opposed to the ban after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

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A state-by-state look at remaining gay marriage bans across the nation

Monday, October 6, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.

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Colorado AG to expedite motions to lift stays, allow same-sex couples to marry

Monday, October 6, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general says gay couples will soon be able to wed in the state once legal formalities are cleared after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals on the question of same-sex marriage bans.

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Clerks in Indiana begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 6, 2014
Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- County clerks across Indiana are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject appeals from Indiana and four other states seeking to ban same-sex marriages. Marion County Clerk Beth White said she would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Indianapolis Monday but would not perform wedding ceremonies.

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