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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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N.C. GOP lawmakers want Supreme Court to reinstate same-sex marriage ban

Friday, January 9, 2015
North-Carolina
Senate leader Phil Berger and likely House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday the two Republicans will ask the nation's highest court to hear the North Carolina case. ...

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Now legal in 36 states, Supreme Court to take another look at same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate. ...

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5th Circuit to hear appeals in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas marriage rulings

Thursday, January 8, 2015
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments Friday in challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. ...

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Marco Rubio: Courts don’t have the power to strike down gay marriage bans

Thursday, January 8, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the federal court has undermined the will of Florida voters who approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage six years ago. ...

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Clark County, Nev., issues 1,000th same‑sex marriage license

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Las-Vegas
The county's Marriage License Bureau has handed out nearly 19,500 licenses since early October, including for same-sex couples. It typically issues more than 80,000 annually. ...

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Florida opens health, retirement benefits to same-sex spouses of state workers

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Married same-sex spouses of Florida state employees are now eligible for state coverage for health insurance and retirement benefits. ...

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Miami archbishop threatens to fire employees who support gay marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Archbishop Thomas Wenski said that conduct inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day. ...

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NOM’s Brian Brown: Same-sex marriage in Florida is ‘a travesty of justice’

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Brian Brown
The National Organization for Marriage wants Florida officials to ignore a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban and to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ...

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Almost 1,400 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Florida’s top 28 counties

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Flanked by their mothers, Berta Arguello, left, and Marlene Pareto, right, Catherina Pareto, second from right, and her partner Karla Arguello, second from left, wait to be married by Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Miami. Judge Zabel provided a jump-start Monday to Florida's entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry. The women were plaintiffs in the Miami-Dade challenge to Florida's gay marriage ban.
Almost 1,400 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses in 28 of Florida's most-populous counties in the two days since a ban on same-sex marriage was lifted. ...

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Florida poised to become Deep South’s prime gay wedding destination

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Edgard Perez, left, 40, and his spouse Charles Windham, right, 53, pose for a photo after they were married at the marriage license bureau, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 in Miami.
With same-sex marriage now legal in Florida, same-sex couples from around the Deep South are crossing state lines as the Sunshine State became a prime regional destination for gay and lesbian weddings still banned back home. ...

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