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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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, 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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ACLU asks federal judge to lift stay in Wisconsin same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to lift a stay on same-sex marriages in Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in an ACLU lawsuit June 6, sending same-sex couples rushing to courthouses to marry.

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Colorado officials ask court to declare same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.)
DENVER -- Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an injunction declaring Colorado's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. But they want the court to delay implementation of the ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue. The filing highlights...

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Sides square off in court over Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Marriage equality supporters rally outside a Miami-Dad courthouse on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, where a judge was holding a hearing on a challenge to Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the state of Florida and proponents of so-called traditional marriage squared off Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage enshrined in the state constitution by voters in 2008. Like similar cases filed across the country, the Florida gay couples' lawsuit contends that the ban is discriminatory ...

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Boulder won’t back down on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Hillary Hall
DENVER -- Boulder County's clerk will continue issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite warnings from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to stop, telling him in a letter Wednesday that failing to give the couples licenses would violate their constitutional rights. The letter is the latest volley in a legal back-and-forth between County Clerk Hillary Hall...

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Pa. county extends same-sex marriage benefits deadline

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Allegheny-County
PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is pushing back a deadline for its employees to marry their same-sex partners in order for those partners to keep health care and other benefits.

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N.D. state officials want challenge to same-sex marriage ban dismissed

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, despite a wave of court decisions in other states striking down such bans.

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Miami court to hear challenge to Fla. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Plaintiffs in Equality Florida’s challenge to Florida’s gay marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the Equality Florida Institute and the state of Florida are squaring off at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel is scheduled Wednesday afternoon to hear arguments in the high-profile case.

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Joan Rivers officiates gay couple’s wedding at NY book signing

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Joan-Rivers
Comedian and author Joan Rivers on Monday officiated an impromptu wedding of a same-sex on at a book signing in New York City. Rivers, 81, was taking questions from her fans when Jed Ryan and Joe Aiello, a couple of three years, raised their hands and ask if the comic – who is an ordained minister capable of officiating weddings – would marry them ...

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Wyoming same-sex couples seek ruling allowing marriage equality

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Four same-sex couples who have sued to gain the right to marry in Wyoming are asking a judge to immediately rule in their favor after a recent ruling by a federal appeals court. The couples filed suit in March in state district court in Cheyenne. They filed a motion for summary judgment Tuesday.

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Court orders Ind. to recognize terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court has ordered Indiana to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple on the death certificate that is issued when one terminally ill partner dies. Tuesday's ruling came after the court stayed a federal judge's order setting aside Indiana's prohibition of gay marriage as unconstitutional.

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