New & Noteworthy:

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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The first-ever same sex marriage: When was it?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Matt Baume
Hint: It was back in 1975. But how? ...

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Missouri facility : No lesbian wedding for you

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Crystal Bergen and Jessica Brockman
"We were really bummed out about it because it was really the perfect place." ...

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Iowa Rep: “You can now marry your lawnmower!”

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
"It only requires one human being in this relationship." ...

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Group that challenged Prop 8 is shutting its doors

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
On the heels of the marriage equality victory at the Supreme Court, The American Foundation for Equal Rights is shutting down.
The announcement comes six weeks after the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the US. ...

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Gay marriage plaintiffs seek almost $250,000 in costs

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
In Charleston, attorneys for Colleen Condon and her partner Nichols Bleckley who sued to get a marriage license, earlier asked for $153,000 in legal fees.
Same-sex couples had sued in South Carolina for the right to be married. ...

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Committee approves beguiling bill that takes Alabama out of the marriage biz

Monday, August 3, 2015
Senator Greg Albritton
Sen. Greg Albritton, the bill's sponsor, says the bill could be a solution to lingering disputes over gay marriage. ...

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Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner’s death

Friday, July 31, 2015
Sabrina Maurer's case involves her fight over death benefits and inheritance taxes after the 2013 death of her partner, Kim Underwood.
A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal. ...

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SPLC adds to ethics complaint against Justice Roy Moore

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Roy Moore
He's accused of violating judicial ethics with his public criticisms of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. ...

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In first month, only 40 gay couples apply to be married in South Dakota

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839 licenses issued to all couples from June 26 to July 27.
Gay rights advocates called the statistics reflective of the barriers the gay community still faces in South Dakota and other conservative states. ...

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Missouri “Courage Scholarship” raises $12K in 12 Days for LGBT, ally students

Monday, July 27, 2015
The donations and support will fund two annual Courage Scholarships that will acknowledge, affirm, and reward the courage of a graduating senior from Salem High School, and a graduating senior from another part of Missouri.
The scholarship has raised 1K for each month the Missouri county voted to mourn traditional marriage -- receiving donations from across the country and as far away as Brazil. ...

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