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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, 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, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, 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, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.

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Ginsburg: Marriage rulings in 6th Circuit likely to dictate high court’s urgency

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
MINNEAPOLIS -- People looking for clues about how soon the U.S. Supreme Court might weigh in on state bans of same-sex marriage should watch the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday that there would be "some urgency" if an appeals court upholds [...]

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Wis. AG asks federal appeals court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking a federal appeals court to stay a ruling that Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. Van Hollen's office said Tuesday it was requesting the stay out of "an abundance of caution." [...]

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Report: Marriage equality would add $36 million, new jobs to Missouri economy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Missouri
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Missouri would generate an estimated $36.3 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate as many as 900 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, [...]

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Target snubs boycott by featuring same-sex parents in latest campaign

Monday, September 15, 2014
Target
Barely a month after a number of anti-gay groups called for a nationwide boycott of Target stores after the retailer signed on to a legal brief supporting marriage equality, the chain has released a new advertisement featuring same-sex parents. [...]

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Clinton adviser: LGBT rights a defining achievement of Obama’s presidency

Monday, September 15, 2014
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Human Rights Campaign event in 2011.
While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances on the issue that once seemed quixotic — the legalization of same-sex marriage. Marriage equality was not a cause was embraced by Obama until late in his first term, yet he is now [...]

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Appeals court stays Ind. gay marriage ruling pending Supreme Court decision

Monday, September 15, 2014
indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional. [...]

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Ark. AG asks state Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

Monday, September 15, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Monday asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional [...]

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Poll: Support for marriage equality rises in North Carolina

Monday, September 15, 2014
North-Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A new poll shows support for LGBT marriage equality rising in North Carolina, a little more than two years after the state passed its anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. An Elon University Poll surveyed more than 1,000 North Carolinians and found that 45 percent support gay marriage. Opposition stood [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in [...]

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Anti-gay activists link ISIS beheadings to same-sex marriage

Sunday, September 14, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Last week on “Crosstalk,” Voice of Christian Youth America’s Vic Eliason and Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver connected same-sex marriage in the U.S. to beheadings committed by the terrorist group ISIS. Discussing recent marriage equality legal victories, Staver made his standard prediction that the legalization of same-sex marriage will pave the [...]

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