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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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Judge asked to lift stay in Fla. Keys same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, July 21, 2014
Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones, right, embrace during a celebration Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Key West, Fla. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional was asked Monday to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County despite a pending state appeal. The motion was filed Monday morning with Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia by attorneys [...]

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Same-sex marriage legal challenges: Where things stand, state-by-state

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Pennsylvania
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 state-sanctioned 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 [...]

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Oklahoma plaintiffs praise same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, July 18, 2014
Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are the plaintiffs who successfully challenged Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma couple that challenged a state ban on same-sex marriage is praising a federal court ruling striking down the ban. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver handed down the decision Friday in favor of Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin. The two expressed [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court delays benefits for Utah same-sex couples

Friday, July 18, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued the order Friday afternoon, saying the stay will remain in place [...]

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Colo. Supreme Court orders Denver to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Friday, July 18, 2014
The Colorado Supreme Court in Denver.
DENVER -- Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver's clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while while the state's ban against the unions remains in place. The two-page ruling noted that a judge who earlier this month ruled the ban was unconstitutional stayed his decision pending appeal, [...]

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Fallin: Marriage ruling an example of federal courts trampling on states’ rights

Friday, July 18, 2014
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves. Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [...]

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Attorney for Tulsa clerk bemoans Okla. same-sex marriage decision

Friday, July 18, 2014
Byron Babione
TULSA, Okla. -- An attorney for Tulsa County’s clerk says he disagrees with a federal appeals court that struck down Oklahoma’s ban against same-sex marriage. OKLAHOMA CITY — An attorney for Tulsa County’s clerk says he disagrees with a federal appeals court that struck down Oklahoma’s ban against same-sex marriage. [...]

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Review board concludes: No same-sex ceremonies allowed at Ohio Statehouse

Friday, July 18, 2014
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A board has maintained a policy preventing same-sex couples and others without valid Ohio wedding licenses from renting the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds for weddings and receptions. A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, which oversees the Statehouse building and grounds, says a [...]

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Gay rights groups plan celebrations across Okla., following marriage ruling

Friday, July 18, 2014
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gay rights groups are planning celebrations across the state after a federal appeals court ruled Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Two separate rallies were planned Friday evening in Oklahoma City, with other events scheduled in Tulsa and Norman. A "Decision Day Gathering" set for 7 [...]

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Utah governor will follow Supreme Court ruling on marriage recognition

Friday, July 18, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says if the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to extend an order preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits, Utah will recognize the marriages. Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said Friday that the governor has said Utah will abide by [...]

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