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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. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.

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Alabama AG: Supreme Court shouldn’t rule on same-sex marriage

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says America's founders would not have approved of the current members of the Supreme Court making decisions on issues such as same-sex marriage. [...]

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Irish voters expected to approve of marriage equality in upcoming referendum

Saturday, May 16, 2015
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Long considered one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, support for gay rights has surged in Ireland in recent decades. [...]

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No, Ben Carson… same-sex marriage will not lead to polygamy

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Ben Carson
So let's answer the question once and for all: why is same-sex marriage different from polygamous marriage? [...]

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Ted Cruz: Same-sex marriage is the greatest threat to religious freedom in American history

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Ted Cruz
Cruz, who believes the gay “jihad” may soon lead to the imprisonment of pastors and the end of free speech, says the legalization of same-sex marriage is the greatest threat to religious liberty in U.S. history. [...]

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Bishop offends Catholics, gays in speech intended to denounce anti-gay discrimination

Friday, May 15, 2015
Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba
The Jesuit priest used a pejorative Spanish term for a gay man, and wondered aloud whether one of Jesus' 12 apostles could have been homosexual and Mary Magdalene a lesbian. [...]

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Gay Prime Minister of staunchly Catholic Luxembourg marries partner

Friday, May 15, 2015
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, right, embraces his husband Gauthier Destenay after their marriage at the town hall in Luxembourg, on Friday, May 15, 2015.
The prime minister of Luxembourg has married his partner a year after the tiny, staunchly Roman Catholic nation's parliament approved a law allowing same-sex marriage. [...]

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Texas anti-gay marriage bill dead for now as deadline passes

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin
Efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized took a major setback Friday when time expired on a bill that would prohibit government employees from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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Texas anti-gay marriage bill in limbo with time running out

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Texas
Efforts by Texas Republicans to defy a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage hung in limbo Thursday, as Democrats run out the clock on bill that would prohibit government employees from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. [...]

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Delay tactics slow Texas House on anti-gay marriage bill as key deadline looms

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
A key conservative push to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized hangs in the balance as work in the Texas House has slowed to a crawl - even as the chamber's last chance to pass the bill looms. [...]

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Dell urges Texas lawmakers to stop anti-gay marriage bill

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Texas.
The computer maker released a statement Wednesday saying it has let Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott know that the Round Rock-based company considers diversity a "business imperative." [...]

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