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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), in the District of Columbia, and in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

Since 2000, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, 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, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.

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Supreme Court action puts pressure on Fla. AG over gay marriage appeals

Monday, October 6, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being asked to drop her appeals in several ongoing lawsuits challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The request was made Monday by groups opposed to the ban after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from five states seeking to [...]

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A state-by-state look at remaining gay marriage bans across the nation

Monday, October 6, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it. [...]

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Colorado AG to expedite motions to lift stays, allow same-sex couples to marry

Monday, October 6, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general says gay couples will soon be able to wed in the state once legal formalities are cleared after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals on the question of same-sex marriage bans. [...]

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Clerks in Indiana begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 6, 2014
Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- County clerks across Indiana are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject appeals from Indiana and four other states seeking to ban same-sex marriages. Marion County Clerk Beth White said she would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Indianapolis Monday but would not perform [...]

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Tenth Circuit lifts stay: Same-sex marriage now legal in Utah, Oklahoma

Monday, October 6, 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 federal appeals court has lifted its stay in gay marriage cases in Oklahoma and Utah, clearing the way for same-sex nuptials to begin in both states. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the stays Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take [...]

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Clerks in Milwaukee, Madison, Wis., begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Monday, October 6, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- County clerks in Milwaukee and Madison are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who want them. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonald and Milwaukee County Clerk Joseph Czarnezki said Monday that they were ready to issue licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Wisconsin's appeal in its gay marriage [...]

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Supreme Court action paves the way for marriage equality in 11 more states

Monday, October 6, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
WASHINGTON -- In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans from five states. The action means that the stays placed on lower court decisions in all five states –decisions that struck down bans [...]

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4th Circuit to issue mandate Monday, allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia

Monday, October 6, 2014
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond-based federal appeals court says its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect Monday afternoon. According to the clerk's office, the mandate will be issued at 1 p.m. Court clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after that time. [...]

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Wisconsin governor, AG concede same-sex marriage fight is over

Monday, October 6, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's Republican attorney general is conceding the fight to preserve the state's same-sex marriage ban is over. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from five states, including Wisconsin, seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court denies review of gay marriage appeals from five states

Monday, October 6, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases [...]

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