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Marriage Equality

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.

Federal or state judges in Florida, Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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Same-sex marriage supporters ask judge for quick N.C. ruling

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marriage equality advocates want a federal judge to quickly overturn North Carolina's ban on same-sex unions after an appeals court ruling to overturn a similar prohibition in Virginia. Federal Judge William Osteen in Greensboro has put no timeline on when he might rule over whether North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban can stay in place.

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Federal court clarifies date for same-sex marriage in Virginia

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court is clarifying when same-sex marriages could begin in Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond decided Wednesday not to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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Bakery refuses cake for same-sex couple after ‘talking to Jesus for 2 weeks’

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Cake Pros in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
SCHUYKILL HAVEN, Pa. -- A bakery in Schuylkill County, Pa., is the latest Pennsylvania business to deny service to a same-sex couple after the owner "talked to Jesus for two weeks." Jennifer and Bethany Petrich tells WBRE-TV they wanted a cake for a ceremony to renew their vows.

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Renowned chef Anthony Bourdain voices support for marriage equality

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Emmy Award-winning chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain voices his support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign’s “Americans For Marriage Equality” campaign. In the video, Bourdain states, “A common thread of the people I admire – whoever they are, wherever they are – are people who are proud and do things with love...

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Same-sex couples oppose delaying Arkansas marriage lawsuits

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages said Wednesday they won't agree to delay a pair of lawsuits while the U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up the matter. The couples sued Arkansas in state and federal courts last year, claiming that a constitutional amendment passed overwhelmingly by Arkansas...

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Together 48 years, N.C. couple fights same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Lennie Gerber, left, and her spouse, Pearl Berlin, laugh while at their home in High Point, N.C. The couple, who have been together 48 years and legally married in Maine in 2013, have a federal challenge pending against North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- On the summer night Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin committed to spending their lives together, the No. 1 song was "When A Man Loves A Woman." Lyndon B. Johnson was president. NASA had just landed the first unmanned probe on the moon. "We're still in love, after 48 years," Gerber, better known as Lennie, said recently. "We still can't begin the day without a good cuddle."

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Same-sex couples in 7 Miss. counties record out-of-state marriage licenses

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Joce Pritchett Carla Webb of Jackson, Miss., pictured here with their two children, were among the couples who recorded their out-of-state marriage.
JACKSON, Miss. -- In a move that's more symbolic than substantial, same-sex couples in seven Mississippi counties were allowed to file out-of-state marriage licenses into chancery court land records Wednesday, while couples were barred from filing documents in one coastal county. Couples say filing the papers does not overturn Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage...

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Fla. county wants to withhold tax dollars from being used to fight marriage rulings

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Broward County, Fla., Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, and are asking the county attorney to research ways to withhold taxpayer funding from the state that would be used in the appeals process. WSVN-TV reports that the commissioners voted unanimously to oppose Florida’s same-sex marriage ban...

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Appeals court won’t grant stay of Va. same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, which means that same-sex couples could begin marrying in the state as early as next week. The state would also need to start recognizing marriages from out of state by next Wednesday, assuming the U.S. Supreme Court does not intervene.

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Miss. same-sex couples to record out-of-state marriage licenses

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Advocates for same-sex couples say couples in eight Mississippi counties will record their out-of-state marriage licenses Wednesday at their local Chancery Court offices. Organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, the statewide day of action for marriage equality will involve couples recording their licenses in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, ...

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