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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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All Tennessee counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tennessee
All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates. ...

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Hood County, Texas, clerk relents, will issue same-sex marriage licenses after all

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Katie Lang
A North Texas county will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the clerk in charge of such documents says it's against her beliefs. ...

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LGBT rights groups ask judge to compel Alabama counties to comply with marriage ruling

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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Groups representing same-sex couples Tuesday said more Alabama counties are beginning to follow the U.S Supreme Court's marriage ruling but want a federal judge to order reluctant probate judges to comply. ...

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U.S. Anglicans to vote on allowing same-sex marriage in churches

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Bishop Gene Robinson addresses the congregation at Christ Church in Philadelphia, Sunday, May 1, 2005. Robinson, now retired, said he is breathless about how quickly the gay rights movement has progressed since he was getting daily death threats and forced to wear a bulletproof vest to his consecration 12 years ago.
Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. ...

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Kansas AG dismisses state court case against same-sex marriage

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Kansas
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has dismissed a case he filed last year with the state Supreme Court to keep counties from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ...

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Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead. ...

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Democrats want to remove marriage definition in Wisconsin constitution

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
Wisconsin Democrats on Monday called for the elimination of nullified language in the state's constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. ...

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Tenn. GOP wants to protect clergy from officiating same-sex weddings in case 1st Amendment changes

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.
Members of the House Republican Caucus are proposing legislation to protect ministers who choose not to perform a marriage that violates their religious beliefs. ...

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All counties in Kansas now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Kansas
Same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses in all of Kansas' 105 counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns. ...

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Mississippi county clerk resigns over religious objection to same-sex marriages

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Linda Barnette
Grenada County's circuit clerk is resigning, saying that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates her religious beliefs. ...

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