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Marriage Equality

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, the United States 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.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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Ky. seeks delay in order that it recognize same-sex marriages from other states

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Attorney General Jack Conway (D-Ky.)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's attorney general asked a federal judge on Thursday to delay by 90 days an order requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

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Expert testimony continues in Day 3 of Mich. same-sex marriage trial

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Paul Sancya, AP (File)April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, left, 3, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman is scheduled to open a trial on the women’s challenge to Michigan’s ban on gay marriage and joint adoptions by same-sex couples.
DETROIT — A California scholar says that same-sex couples give the same reason as their opposite-sex counterparts to why they want to marry. Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA law school testified Thursday in a trial in Detroit federal court over the future of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

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Final order expected in Ky. same-sex marriage case

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Brett Barrouquere, APMichael De Leon (left) and Gregory Bourke.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Attorneys for gay couples seeking formal recognition of their out-of-state marriages say a federal judge is expected to sign a final order in the case by the end of the week.

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Texas AG Greg Abbott promises to fight same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Greg Abbott
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has promised to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Federal judge strikes down Texas ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on gay marriage, but is leaving it in place pending a ruling by an appeals court later this year.

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Professor defends homes led by gay parents in Day 2 of Mich. marriage trial

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Daniel Mears, APFrom left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel enter Federal Court in Detroit, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
DETROIT -- A sociologist testifying Wednesday at Michigan's gay marriage trial said children raised by same-sex parents suffer no handicap when compared to other kids.

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Second county clerk files notice of appeal in Va. same-sex marriage case

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele McQuigg.
NORFOLK, Va. -- A second clerk plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that declares Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, according to a notice filed in federal court Tuesday.

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Second Illinois county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Champaign-County
URBANA, Ill.-- A second Illinois county has begun issuing same-sex marriage licenses ahead of a new state law that takes effect June 1.

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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case file brief with appeals court

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APDerek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity, right, talk with the media outside Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse following court on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for three gay and lesbian couples have filed a brief with an appeals court contesting Utah's same-sex marriage ban, which a federal judge overturned in December.

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Russian gay couple marries in Buenos Aires, will seek asylum in Argentina

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Victor R. Caivano,  APRussian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A same-sex couple from Russia's Olympic city of Sochi has married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina.

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