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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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TRAILER: ‘The Case Against 8’

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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"The Case Against 8" takes an inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Pope to convene synod to discuss gay marriage, divorce, contraception

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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The Vatican will convene an meeting of senior clerics this fall to re-examine church teachings on its most controversial issues: same-sex relations, divorce and contraception.

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Judge hears arguments in challenge to Indiana same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Indiana will be required to recognize a gay couple's out-of-state marriage for at least a few days more as a federal judge considers whether to extend an April order requiring the state to acknowledge the union.

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Ark. judge taking another week before issuing same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas judge is taking another week before issuing a ruling in a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Calif. Senate advances bill to remove ‘man and woman’ from marriage laws

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill that would strike the traditional definition of marriage from California law was approved by the state Senate on Thursday after the U.S. and state supreme courts allowed same-sex unions to resume last year.

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Denver officials mark first anniversary same-sex civil unions

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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DENVER -- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock marked the first year of civil unions in Colorado with a reception for same-sex couples at the city's clerk and recorder office.

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Plaintiffs in Fla. gay marriage suit ask court to rule ban is unconstitutional

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- Plaintiffs challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage asked a state court on Thursday to rule that the ban is unconstitutional.

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Judge limits lawsuit to officials who are blocking plaintiffs’ access to marriage

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge has dismissed three defendants from the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage.

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N.H. clarifies recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire state House has sent the governor a bill that clarifies the law to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its own marriage equality law.

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Prominent Wyo. lawyers speak out in support of marriage equality

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More than 50 Wyoming lawyers, including a former state Attorney General, are expressing support for a group's effort to change state law to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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