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Marriage Equality

As of October 25, 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 on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Utah ruling pushes same-sex marriage another step closer to Supreme Court

Thursday, June 26, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
[caption id="attachment_144973" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Rick Bowmer, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office...

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Utah ruling reveals a crack in legal unanimity for same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Paul J Kelly Jr
DENVER — Wednesday's gay marriage ruling contained two historic firsts: It was the first appellate decision for gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Law exactly one year ago, and it also marked the first time since then a federal judge has argued for keeping a state ban on same sex marriages.

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Same-sex couples’ Indiana marriage celebrations could be derailed

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Melody Merida, center, marries Erin Lynae Fox, right, and Jennifer Elizabeth Fox as their sons Isaac, 7, left, and Redmond, 4, look on in the marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples eager to wed in Indiana after a federal judge overturned the state's ban on gay marriage are waiting to see how the judge responds to a request that he stay his order while the attorney general appeals. Hundreds of same-sex couples lined up at courthouses across the state Wednesday for marriage licenses ...

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Judge in La. same-sex marriage case signals he may expand scope of ruling

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in New Orleans heard arguments Wednesday on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Attorneys on both sides of the issue pointed to last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal prohibition against recognizing legal gay marriages.

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she supports marriage equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Susan Collins
PORTLAND, Maine -- Republican Sen. Susan Collins has come out in support of same-sex marriage for the first time after getting an endorsement from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization. The Maine Republican provided her personal view when asked by several news organizations. She said she agrees with the decision of ...

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Boulder county clerk begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Boulder CO
BOULDER, Colo. -- A Boulder County clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Wednesday after a federal appeals court ruled that states cannot prevent gay couples from getting married. But the Colorado Attorney General's Office said the licenses are invalid because the ruling was put on hold.

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Five things to know about Indiana’s same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Larry Gist, left, hugs his partner Leonel Lopez hug as they wait in line to receive a marriage license at the Marion Courty Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge on Wednesday ruled Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, sending hundreds of residents to make history by applying for marriage licenses and tying the knot. But the legal battles are far from over, and the celebrations may be short-lived. Here are five things to know about Judge Richard Young's ruling...

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Ind. governor says marriage should be a state-by-state choice

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican Gov. Mike Pence says states should be allowed to define marriage but will comply with a federal judge's ruling striking down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Richard Young struck down the state ban Wednesday, saying it was unconstitutional.

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Utah AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry. Republican Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file a petition to have the country's highest court review the decision by a three-judge panel ...

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A look at same-sex marriage legal challenges across U.S.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them. Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia...

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