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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 Florida, 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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Louisiana poll: Slight increase in support for gay marriage, big drop in opposition

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
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A new poll finds that support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana has increased slightly over the past year, however a plurality of voters still oppose marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
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ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States.

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Ohio Statehouse ban on same-sex ceremonies to get review

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Overseers of Ohio’s Statehouse will review a seven-year-old policy that forbids same-sex couples from having their weddings and receptions in the state capitol building.

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Tenth Circuit appeals panel appears divided on Utah gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen, his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, her partner Karen Archer, Laurie Wood and her partner Kody Partridge stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014.
DENVER -- A three-judge panel appeared sharply divided during a hearing over whether to uphold a lower court's ruling that struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.

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Utah attorney general intervenes to halt adoptions by same-sex couples

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Attorney General is asking a state appeals court to block two adoptions recently approved for same-sex couples.

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Utah same-sex marriage appeal cued up before the Tenth Circuit today

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday becomes the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Federal judge orders recognition of same-sex marriage of terminally ill woman

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.

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What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Lesbian couple named mother and father on daughter’s Tenn. birth certificate

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Emilia Maria Jesty with her birth "father" Sophy Jesty.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A baby girl born to same-sex parents who are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage, is the first child in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate.

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Lambda Legal: Announcement ‘very soon’ on a Ga. marriage lawsuit

Via: The GA Voice → | Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Almost every week, a new one appears. Marriage equality lawsuits have been filed now in all but five states in the nation -- the final five that remain out of the game are North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska and, finally... Georgia, the most populous state of the remaining five.

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