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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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North Dakota judge sides with same-sex marriage lawsuit plaintiffs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
North-Dakota
A federal judge has ruled in favor of plaintiffs in two federal lawsuits against North Dakota's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Louisiana begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, June 29, 2015
Michael Robinson, left, and Earl Benjamin, partners for almost 14 years, exchange vows before Judge Paula Brown in a ceremony at Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Monday, June 29, 2015, in New Orleans. Court clerks across the state of Louisiana received the go-ahead to issue same-sex marriage licenses Monday.
Gay rights advocates said Louisiana had been the last state to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses when its clerks of court got the go-ahead Monday. ...

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Arkansas clerk will resign over moral objection to issuing same‑sex marriage licenses

Monday, June 29, 2015
Dana Guffey
A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective June 30 because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. ...

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Many Texas counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite AG’s opinion

Monday, June 29, 2015
Texas plaintiffs Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes (center) celebrate on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs. ...

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Some Kentucky clerks object to same-sex marriage ruling, halt issuing licenses

Monday, June 29, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on the behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples.
A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. ...

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Mississippi AG advises counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, June 29, 2015
Mississippi
That news came Monday after state Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to county circuit clerks indicating they could go ahead and issue licenses. ...

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Texas AG: State workers can deny marriage licenses to same‑sex couples

Monday, June 29, 2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas)
Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses. ...

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High Colombian official urges courts to OK same-sex marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015
A reveler holds a gay pride flag during the gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Thousands paraded through the streets of Bogota and called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples.
A top Cabinet minister on Sunday urged Colombia's courts to legalize same-sex marriage and support the right of such couples to adopt. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling likely to have global impact

Monday, June 29, 2015
A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the Monument of the Soviet Army, during the Sofia Gay Pride Parade in Sofia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Hundreds paraded through the Bulgarian capital of Sofia under rainbow-colored balloons and banners for that city's eighth Gay Pride march on Saturday.
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help advance their cause. ...

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo officiates gay couple’s wedding, his first

Monday, June 29, 2015
New York governor Andrew Cuomo officiates the wedding of David Turley and Peter Thiede in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Cuomo made use of some newly granted powers to officiate at his first wedding, that of a same-sex couple who wed outside a Greenwich Village bar where police harassment of patrons sparked three days of riots in 1969. ...

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