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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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, 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 and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Kansas now issuing gender-neutral marriage forms

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Kansas
Applicants now fill in information under the heading "Party A" or "Party B" and can select whether they want to be referred to as a bride, groom or spouse. [...]

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Study: Gay canvassers more effective at changing minds on marriage equality

Thursday, December 11, 2014
AP (File)
For years, backers of same-sex marriage have said more voters would support it if only they could hear directly from gay people with a personal stake in the issue. A new academic study bears out that hunch. [...]

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Arkansas’ outgoing Democratic governor says he’s still opposes marriage equality

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mike Beebe
Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent rulings against his state's ban. [...]

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S.C. says marriage rulings make gay couple’s name change lawsuit moot

Thursday, December 11, 2014
South-Carolina
South Carolina officials say a lawsuit against the Department of Motor Vehicles is moot now that gay couples can marry. [...]

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Judge rejects GOP lawmakers’ motion to intervene in Missouri gay marriage case

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Missouri
A judge has rejected an attempt by the Missouri General Assembly’s GOP leadership to stop Kansas City from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states. [...]

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Petition urges Arkansas AG to not appeal same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
A petition urging Arkansas AG Dustin McDaniel to not appeal a same-sex marriage case was delivered by the plaintiffs. [...]

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S.C. lawmaker wants to protect officials for refusing same-sex marriage licenses

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Lee Bright
A South Carolina lawmaker is proposing a bill to protect officials for refusing same-sex marriage licenses based on religious beliefs [...]

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Vatican says bishops should be led by Pope on issues relating to gay families

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Vatican City
The Vatican is urging bishops to be guided by Pope Francis on family issues and pastoral care for gay and divorced Catholics and those living in civil unions. [...]

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Broward County judge again rules Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Broward-County-FL
A judge in Broward County, who in August declared Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, only to later vacate his order on a technicality, has again ruled against the ban. [...]

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Chile: Lawmakers expected to introduce marriage equality bill

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Chile
Lawmakers in Chile are expected to introduce a bill Wednesday aimed at extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. [...]

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