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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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Marriage News Watch: April 6, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015
Michigan says that they don't want to let gay people get married because that would be demeaning to gay people and Kentucky says that their marriage ban isn't discriminatory, since LGBTs are free to get straight-married... ...

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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. ...

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Put a ring on it: Why marriage matters

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Russ and Kergan's wedding.
While the LGBT community continues to battle discriminatory legislation in states across the country, it gives me some measure of comfort to know that this month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the long-raging debate over same gender ...

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Top Mormon leaders vow to be leading advocates for marriage exclusive to a man and a woman

Sunday, April 5, 2015
President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, is flanked by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency during opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
Mormon leaders vowed to be a leading advocate for the belief that marriage is an institution exclusive to a man and a woman during the religion's biannual conference in Salt Lake City this weekend. ...

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Michigan couple seeks immediate marriage recognition as spouse’s illness worsens

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan on their wedding day, Dec. 7, 2013, in New York City.
A same-sex couple is asking a federal court to order Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage immediately as one man's fight with brain cancer worsens. ...

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Alabama AG files Supreme Court brief defending states’ same-sex marriage ban

Friday, April 3, 2015
Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
Alabama's attorney general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to leave in place a lower court's decision letting several states continue defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman. ...

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McConnell, Cruz among 57 Republicans urging Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage

Friday, April 3, 2015
Mitch McConnell (left) and Ted Cruz
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz are among 57 Republicans in Congress who are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage. ...

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Arkansas Supreme Court creates separate same-sex marriage case

Friday, April 3, 2015
Arkansas Supreme Court
The Arkansas Supreme Court could avoid having to resolve the sex-marriage debate after justices decided a separate case is needed before they can hear it - a move that will likely push the consideration until after the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. ...

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DOJ asks Texas judge to reconsider ruling blocking FMLA benefits for same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The U.S. Justice Department is appealing a federal judge in Texas' temporarily blocking federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to married, same-sex couples. ...

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