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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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Marriage News Watch: May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015
Demonstrators gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on March 30, 2015, to protest against a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Oral arguments are done, and now we can make a few predictions about how the U.S. Supreme Court might rule in June. ...

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Biden: Court ruling for same-sex marriage as big as Brown v. Board of Education

Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Biden made the remarks during a speech at the OutGiving conference, an annual event for high-dollar LGBT donors. ...

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Breaking down the top Supreme Court arguments for and against same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 2, 2015
This artist rendering shows former Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch defending state laws during the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Washington. Justice from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia,, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito Jr. and Elena Kagan.
What is the Supreme Court thinking about marriage? ...

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New York hotel owners on why they hosted Ted Cruz, and the backlash from the gay community

Saturday, May 2, 2015
From left: Mati Weiderpass, Ted Cruz, Sam Domb, and Ian Reisner gather in Weiderpass’ apartment in April, for a ‘fireside chat’ set off a firestorm of reactions within the gay community.
As many have pointed out, "owning businesses that cater to the LGBT community comes with a heightened level of responsibility." ...

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Oklahoma governor signs bill ‘protecting’ clergy who refuse to officiate same-sex unions

Friday, May 1, 2015
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that allows ministers to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if such marriages conflict with their religious beliefs. ...

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Poll: Majority of Republican voters would attend a same-sex wedding

Friday, May 1, 2015
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A majority of U.S. Republicans would attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. ...

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Gender bias issue could tip Chief Justice Roberts into ruling for marriage equality

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
Roberts suggested that he may have found a way to cast a vote in favor of the gay and lesbian couples in the case. ...

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Federal judge who struck down Kentucky same-sex marriage ban dies

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II died Wednesday. He was 66. ...

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Alabama lawmaker proposes bill that would take state out of marriage license business

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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A state senator wants to take Alabama out of the marriage license business says he's not targeting same-sex couples. ...

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8th Circuit Court of Appeals defers same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals deferred arguments and a decision Wednesday on same-sex marriage cases in four states until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue. ...

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