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Since 2000, 15 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and Uruguay) have legalized same-sex marriage, as have parts of Mexico, the United States and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Target snubs boycott by featuring same-sex parents in latest campaign

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Target
Barely a month after a number of anti-gay groups called for a nationwide boycott of Target stores after the retailer signed on to a legal brief supporting marriage equality, the chain has released a new advertisement featuring same-sex parents.

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Clinton adviser: LGBT rights a defining achievement of Obama’s presidency

| Monday, September 15, 2014
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Human Rights Campaign event in 2011.
While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances on the issue that once seemed quixotic — the legalization of same-sex marriage. Marriage equality was not a cause was embraced by Obama until late in his first term, yet he is now a fervent supporter.

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Appeals court stays Ind. gay marriage ruling pending Supreme Court decision

| Monday, September 15, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.

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Ark. AG asks state Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Monday asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law..

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Poll: Support for marriage equality rises in North Carolina

| Monday, September 15, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A new poll shows support for LGBT marriage equality rising in North Carolina, a little more than two years after the state passed its anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. An Elon University Poll surveyed more than 1,000 North Carolinians and found that 45 percent support gay marriage. Opposition stood at 43 percent. Twelve percent of ...

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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Anti-gay activists link ISIS beheadings to same-sex marriage

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Sunday, September 14, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Last week on “Crosstalk,” Voice of Christian Youth America’s Vic Eliason and Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver connected same-sex marriage in the U.S. to beheadings committed by the terrorist group ISIS. Discussing recent marriage equality legal victories, Staver made his standard prediction that the legalization of same-sex marriage will pave the way for polygamy...

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Florida AG Pam Bondi appeals same-sex marriage rulings

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
MIAMI -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed appeals late Friday on several rulings overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. The motion argues the sole legal issue is the constitutional validity of the state ban and any changes should come from voters, not the courts. Florida voters approved the ban in 2008.

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Gay rights groups outraged over straight men who married to win rugby tickets

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Matt McCormick, left and Travis McIntosh
Gay rights groups in New Zealand are fuming over the legal, same-sex marriage between two heterosexual men in a radio station stunt in exchange for tickets to the Rugby World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom in 2015. Self-described best mates since childhood, Matt McCormick, 24, married engineering student Travis McIntos, 23, in a rugby stadium on Friday.

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Federal judge orders Ariz. to recognize deceased man’s same-sex marriage

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Fred McQuire and George Martinez
A judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage. Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues.

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