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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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Clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses could testify

Monday, July 20, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on the behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples.
Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis ––who has stopped issuing marriage licenses after the legalization of same-sex marriage –– may testify in federal court today. ...

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AP Poll: Sharp divisions after high court backs gay marriage

Sunday, July 19, 2015
The poll found pronounced differences in viewpoints on gay marriage depending on political affiliation.
Near-even split over whether local officials should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ...

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Cities keeping anti-discrimination measures despite new law

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Officials won't stop enforcing their ordinances banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ...

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Scott Walker on the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay leaders

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Says he doesn't know whether being gay is a choice. ...

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Gay couples win parenting rights in wake of marriage ruling

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Cari Searcy, Kim McKeand, and their son Khaya
Cari Searcy, Kim McKeand and their 9-year-old son Khaya will go before a judge in Mobile next week to get the legal recognition for what they've been for last decade: a family of three. ...

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Gallup poll finds U.S. support is “stable” after Supreme Court ruling

Friday, July 17, 2015
Chart indicates that Democrats and adults under 30 show the greatest amount of support for gay marriage.
A new Gallup poll indicates that a large number of Americans believe gay marriage should be valid. ...

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School principal writes letter to upset parents about fired lesbian teacher

Friday, July 17, 2015
Waldron Mercy Academy
Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy, sent a letter to frustrated parents yesterday, writing that the faculty has been "challenged to our core" by the decision to fire Margie Winters. ...

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Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The attorneys general of 15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups.
Conservatives are warning that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage. But is it a straw man arguement? ...

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Bill would exempt clerks from issuing gay marriage licenses

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis over the issue. That case is pending.
Two Republican state representatives have filed a bill that would protect county clerks from criminal or civil liability for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs. ...

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La: same-sex health insurance for state workers’ spouses

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Many of Louisiana state workers' same-sex spouses will now be eligible for health insurance.
The Office of Group Benefits says those who were married before June 26 have until Aug. 11 to apply. Those married on or after June 26 have 30 days after the marriage to apply for coverage. ...

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