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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. 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 in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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DOMA attorney to lead federal challenge to Mississippi same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 20, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. The challenge was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson on behalf of two same-sex couples and the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE).

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Wyoming same-sex marriages to begin on Tuesday

Monday, October 20, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Same-sex couples will have to wait until Tuesday before they can get married in Wyoming. Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael says the state will notify a federal court at 10 .m. Tuesday that it won't appeal last Friday's ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

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Alaska resumes issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 20, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Same-sex couples can start getting married in Alaska on Monday. Phillip Mitchell, with the state Department of Vital Statistics, said couples who completed applications last week before the courts issued a stay can start picking up their licenses Monday morning.

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Obama: ‘Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage’

Monday, October 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure.

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Wedding chapel files lawsuit claiming non-discrimination ordinance is unconstitutional

Monday, October 20, 2014
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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho wedding chapel has filed a lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene, claiming the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.

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Ginsburg: ‘No crying need’ for the Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

Monday, October 20, 2014
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NEW YORK -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday said there was "no need" for the high court to intervene on the issue of same-sex marriage. In an interview with NPR's Nina Totenburg at the famed 92nd Street Y in New York City, Ginsburg said the court declined to hear seven appeals challenging the marriage bans ...

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Poll: Most Americans support Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

Monday, October 20, 2014
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Most Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support the recent U.S. Supreme Court action allowing gay marriages to go forward in several states – including a bare majority in the 11 states in which such marriages have begun in the past week and a half. Overall, 56 percent of Americans support the court’s action, while 38 percent...

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Kansas governor headlines anti-gay marriage rally in Wichita

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday headlined a rally in Wichita that brought out dozens of speakers, all of whom oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in Kansas. More than one hundred people gathered in the parking lot of a local church. Organizers said the rally was “a standing for the American family and traditional...

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‘Christian’ family takes homophobia on the road to protest same-sex marriage

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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MERIDIAN, Idaho -- An Idaho couple says they're taking a stand against same-sex marriage and the "homosexual extremist movement," because homosexuality "spreads like a cancer." Justin and Melanie Sease of Meridian, Idaho stayed far away from the celebrations this week when same-sex couples began marrying in their home state, but ...

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Roll over, Jesse: Gay marriage ushers in new era in the state of ‘Senator Hate’

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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During his stellar career of hate politics, the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), in a televised interview brought up his favorite subject: homosexuals. They were his favorite subject because he enjoyed insulting them in the crudest terms. He often boasted if disliking homosexuals made him a bigot, so be it. He was proud of it. Helms was a unique politician. He stood alone in his public pride for his bigotry against LGBT people, and invoked similar bigotry in others...

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