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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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Finland’s parliament supports measure aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Finland
HELSINKI -- Finland's parliament on Friday narrowly approved a measure granting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. ...

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LGBT activism growing in conservative Florida Panhandle

Friday, November 28, 2014
Attorney Sara Latshaw, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Northwest Florida office and organizer of the domestic registry campaign, in Pensacola Fla. The domestic registry measure passed 8-1 in December 2013. Latshaw and other Florida gay rights activists say it was just one example of how rapidly attitudes toward the gay and lesbian community have softened in the state’s most-conservative region, changes that bode well for a statewide push for gay marriage.
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- In conservative Pensacola, Sara Latshaw feared her months-long campaign to get the city council to recognize domestic partnerships was about to fail. Looking at 17 scheduled speakers during a public discussion just before the December 2013 vote, ...

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Austria politician tells Pope Francis to speak up for same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
STRASBOURG, France -- A prominent, openly lesbian politician from Austria presented Pope Francis with a rainbow scarf on Tuesday, and called on the Pontiff to speak up for women’s rights and same-sex marriage. ...

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Slovakia president announces referendum on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovakia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic country early next year. President Andrej Kiska announced the referendum Thursday, setting the date for Feb 7. ...

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Arkansas clerk ready to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
In this May12, 2014, file photo, couples line up to file paperwork for marriage licenses at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., on May 12, 2014, after the state's largest county began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A top official in Arkansas' most populous county said Wednesday that his office is prepared to issue licenses if same-sex marriage returns to the Bible Belt. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane's statements came a day after ...

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ACLU revises Kansas same-sex marriage lawsuit to raise new claims

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union revised on Wednesday its lawsuit over gay marriage in Kansas to include claims that the state is refusing to recognize unions performed in Kansas and other states. The group's amended complaint seeks ...

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Federal judge overturns Mississippi same-sex marriage ban, ruling stayed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge on Tuesday overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but circuit clerks cannot immediately start to issue marriage licenses to gay or lesbian couples because the order was on hold for two weeks so the ...

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Federal judge strikes down Arkansas gay marriage ban, ruling stayed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of ...

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Man accused of threatening Obama over gay marriage support ruled incompetent

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Deryke Matthew Pfeifer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama man is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening President Barack Obama's life, and prison officials should determine whether he was also incapacitated at the time of the alleged offense, a federal judge ...

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Both sides want judge to bypass trial, rule in South Dakota gay marriage case

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
South-Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. -- A federal judge presiding over a challenge to South Dakota's gay marriage ban should bypass a trial and rule on the case, the state attorney general's office argued Tuesday. The office joined six same-sex couples who are ...

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