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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 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 in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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More faith groups join federal suit to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
church-file
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the Alliance of Baptists are are joining as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The United Church of Christ filed the lawsuit in April, challenging the ban on same sex marriage, claiming the ban is a violation of freedom of religion.

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British consulates to allow same-sex marriages in Russia, 22 other countries

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
Whitehall, London
Same-sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are currently not legal, including in Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary. Britain’s Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws,.

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Cook County, Ill., reports 120 same-sex civil unions converted to marriages

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., Clerk David Orr says 120 same-sex couples converted civil unions to marriages Monday as Illinois' new marriage equality law took effect. The same law allowing same-sex marriage also allows same-sex couples to easily convert civil unions into marriages, and the couple's date of marriage is backdated to their date of civil union.

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Fla. judge says three anti-gay groups can’t intervene in same-sex marriage suit

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Florida
MIAMI -- A judge in Florida ruled Tuesday that three anti-gay groups who oppose marriage equality for same-sex couples cannot intervene as parties in a state court lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel said the groups cannot enter the case as parties simply because they have strong beliefs about same-sex marriage.

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Fla. AG says she’s just doing her job when she marginalizes gay couples

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is firing back at critics who blasted her assertion in court documents last week that same-sex marriage would “impose significant public harm,” saying she is just doing her job. Bondi, who is twice divorced, said she takes exception to those who have sought to manipulate her brief, trying to make it something it is not.

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Va. delegate seeking to impeach AG over gay marriage support says it’s his duty

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Bob Marshall
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Republican Del. Bob Marshall says it's his duty to try and pursue impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Mark Herring. Marshall, who co-authored the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, criticized Herring's backing of a constitutional provision barring gay marriage in Virginia.

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Klingenschmitt: A demonic spirit caused judge in Pa. marriage case to ‘conspire against God’

Monday, June 2, 2014
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On Monday's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt reacted to last month's ruling striking down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage by declaring that the judge who issued the ruling was controlled by a demonic spirit that led him to "conspire against God."

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Same-sex marriage becomes focus of Illinois’ governor’s race

Monday, June 2, 2014
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After weeks of focusing on Illinois' mammoth financial problems, the governor's race turned to the issue of same-sex marriage Monday as gay couples took vows under the state's new law. Gov. Pat Quinn attended one wedding ceremony while advocates accused his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, of being against efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Idaho governor wants full appeals court review of same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, June 2, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting an "en banc" hearing by an 11-judge panel of the court in an appeal of a federal magistrate's ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. Typically, appeals are heard by a three-judge panel selected from the 29 judges that make up the Ninth Circuit.

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Oregon officials urge Supreme Court to deny NOM’s request for stay

Monday, June 2, 2014
Supreme-Court
Arguing that there is no way the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage when only a private group is defending such a law, Oregon state officials and a group of same-sex couples urged the Court on Monday not to grant a private association’s request to stop those couples from marrying in that state.

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