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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 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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Appeals court allows all Va. same-sex couples to join marriage challenge

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday granted a motion filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Virginia to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey, the federal court challenge to Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Methodists drop case against retired minister who officiated gay son’s wedding

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Rev. Thomas Ogletree
A retired United Methodist Church minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding had his case dropped by a New York bishop Monday, just a few months after another minister was defrocked for the same thing.

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Ben Carson: Gays ‘don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage’

| Sunday, March 9, 2014
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Conservative columnist Ben Carson, who last year likened gays to pedophiles and compared homosexuality to bestiality, said Saturday "gay people should have the same rights as everyone else ... but they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”

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Minn. Republicans decline to endorse state rep who voted for gay marriage

| Sunday, March 9, 2014
Jenifer Loon
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republican delegates in Eden Prairie have declined to endorse state Rep. Jenifer Loon, one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

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GOP divide on marriage equality on display at Oregon conference

| Sunday, March 9, 2014
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SEASIDE, Ore. — Young Republican activists implored their party to support same-sex marriage Saturday, saying the GOP is destined to continue losing elections in Oregon if it doesn't get behind an issue that's gaining traction around the country.

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Judge to rule within 2 weeks on Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage

| Friday, March 7, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- A federal judge said he expects to make a decision within two weeks of Friday's closing arguments in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Four couples file federal lawsuit challenging Indiana gay marriage ban

| Friday, March 7, 2014
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NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Four couples from southern Indiana are asking a federal judge to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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Mich. gay marriage trial ends with state witness testifying gays are going to hell

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
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DETROIT -- Testimony concluded Thursday in a federal court challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, with a witness for the state testifying that unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell.

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Three more Illinois counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
Illinois
While many Illinois counties are waiting until the state's new same-sex marriage becomes law in June and others are waiting for legal advice, the list of counties that will start issuing the licenses immediately is growing.

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Couple files federal lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A second lawsuit has been filed challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, this time in federal court.

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