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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), in the District of Columbia, and in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

Since 2000, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, 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, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.

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Fort Worth police officers speak out for marriage equality in new TV campaign

Monday, January 5, 2015
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The ad features Fort Worth police officers talking about why they support the freedom to marry in Texas, and their support for colleague Chris, a detective who wants to someday marry his partner Justin. [...]

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Florida same-sex couples prepare for marriage ban to fall at midnight

Monday, January 5, 2015
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Florida's ban on marriages between same-sex couples is headed for a midnight end, with wedding vows planned around the state. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: January 5, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015
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Marriage equality comes to Florida this week, so why are opponents saying it's not? Matt Baume reports on what's really going on, and how they're still trying to stop the weddings. [...]

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Likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush says marriage should be a state decision

Monday, January 5, 2015
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As he considers running for president, former governor Jeb Bush is not offering supportive words about same-sex marriages coming to the state of Florida: "It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision." [...]

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Meet the other couple at the center of Florida’s same-sex marriage challenge

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Ozzie Russ, left and his partner Steve Schlarie at the ranch in Chipley, Fla.
Steve Schlariet and Ozzie Russ say they never sought the spotlight of social activism, the spotlight found them. In March, 2014, the couple joined a lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Florida. [...]

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Meet the couple who forced Florida to recognize same-sex marriages

Saturday, January 3, 2015
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On Feb. 28, 2014, Jim Brenner and Chuck Jones did something that is about to make history: They filed the civil-rights lawsuit that on Tuesday will allow same-sex couples across Florida to get married. [...]

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Wyoming lawmakers propose same-sex marriage exemption bill for clergy

Saturday, January 3, 2015
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Legal rulings last year allowed same-sex marriage in Wyoming, but some say the bill isn't necessary because the First Amendment ensures that no minister or priest would be forced to officiate a gay couple's wedding. [...]

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Florida clerks announce plans to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Friday, January 2, 2015
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Court clerks across Florida will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning January 6, but more than a dozen clerks will end all courthouse weddings to avoid officiating same-sex ceremonies. [...]

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Idaho officials appeal same-sex marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, January 2, 2015
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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's main argument is that defining marriage as between one man and one woman is better for children. [...]

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Luxembourg becomes latest European country to legalize same-sex marriage

Friday, January 2, 2015
Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber with Luxembourg Mayor Roberto Traversini (center).
Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber were the first same-sex couple to marry in Luxembourg, and despite the public holiday Thursday, the Differdange town hall opened for the ceremony, officiated by mayor Roberto Traversini. [...]

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