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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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Arkansas same-sex marriage ban heading to state, federal courts this week

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' highest court and a federal judge will hear arguments this week over the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decade after voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. ...

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Kansas Supreme Court lifts hold on marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for additional gay marriages in the state's most populous county while declaring that it would defer to the federal courts on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriages is constitutional. ...

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Fourth Circuit rejects attempt to delay same-sex marriage in South Carolina

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse in Richmond, Va., is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for same-sex couples to be married in South Carolina beginning this week - at least for now. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, denied ...

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Florida AG appeals same-sex marriage rulings in state, federal appeals courts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed appeals in both state and federal appeals courts, seeking to overturn a number of rulings declaring Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional by declaring that the trial courts' rulings "were wrong." ...

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Same-sex couples wed on the steps of historic Wichita, Kansas courthouse

Monday, November 17, 2014
People cheer as about 20 couples marry in a same-sex marriage ceremony on the steps of the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Nov.17, 2014.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gay and lesbian couples wed Monday evening on the steps of a historic courthouse in Wichita, even as officials elsewhere in Kansas refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners because the state Supreme Court has not ...

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Judge orders marriage licenses for same-sex couples in 3 Kansas counties

Monday, November 17, 2014
Chief Judge A.J. Wachter
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The chief state district judge for three southeast Kansas counties has directed court clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Chief Judge A.J. Wachter issued an order Monday covering the 11th Judicial District of Cherokee, Crawford ...

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ACLU challenges North Carolina GOP leaders’ gay marriage appeal

Monday, November 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for several gay couples say in a legal filing that North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders shouldn't be allowed to appeal rulings that legalized gay marriage in the state. In a filing Friday in federal court, lawyers ...

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Kansas Supreme Court meets to discuss same-sex marriage case

Monday, November 17, 2014
Derek Schmidt
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas Supreme Court is deliberating whether to allow same-sex marriage licenses even as the federal courts have ruled same-sex marriages are allowed in the state. ...

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Pope reinforces ‘traditional’ family values in opening religious conference

Monday, November 17, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage. ...

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Michigan, Kentucky couples take gay marriage cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, November 17, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON -- A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold ...

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