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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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ACLU: Kansas’ gay marriage laws should be stricken from book

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The ACLU claims Kansas governor Sam Brownback has failed to acknowledge the binding effect of the Supreme Court's ruling.
"It is fairly clear the state of Kansas wants to do the absolute bare minimum recognition of these marriages that is possible and still be able to make some kind of claim that they are in compliance," ACLU legal director ...

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Judge rules Utah should put 2 moms on birth certificate

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Angie and Kami Roe
U.S. District Judge Dee Benson said Wednesday the case wasn't hard to decide in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. ...

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Ohio court: Minister changes stance on gay weddings

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio
Court officials in Toledo say the minister performed two same-sex marriages late last week. ...

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Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to speak in San Diego

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Rich Pedroncelli, APU.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
Kennedy's appearance at the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference comes shortly after the nation's highest court put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintained them. ...

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Salem, Mo. Native Counters Anti-Gay Flag Vote with LGBT Scholarship

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Jacob Wilson, a 2004 graduate of Salem High School, thought of the idea of a scholarship for Dent County teens after reading the news reports last night.
In reaction to the Dent County Commission's decision to fly flags "below half-staff in "mourning" over the legalization of gay marriage, Jacob Wilson created a $1,000 "Courage Scholarship" to be granted to a graduating high school senior who "has demonstrated ...

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Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston seeks damages for the couple and any other Wal-Mart employees who weren't offered insurance for their same-sex spouses.
Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses. ...

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Dent County Commission votes to ‘mourn’ same-sex marriage

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court's decision is "just one step backward."
The commission plans to lower the flags below half-staff on the 26th of each month for a year, running from July to June. ...

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Rand Paul doesn’t know if clerks can deny gay marriages

Monday, July 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Paul said he is "not a legal authority on that." ...

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Same-sex couples sue Arkansas over birth certificates

Monday, July 13, 2015
As of yet, Arkansas' civil rights law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity.
Three same-sex couples have sued Arkansas health officials for not allowing both spouses to be named on their children's birth certificates. ...

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Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk’s same-sex marriage case

Monday, July 13, 2015
Protesters gather on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 to protest county clerk Kim Davis.
A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ...

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