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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Quicker ruling sought in challenge to Pa. same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, April 21, 2014
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gay couples and others challenging Pennsylvania's 1996 law banning same-sex marriage asked a federal judge Monday to bypass a trial in favor of a quicker ruling in the case.

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Judge: Indiana lacks valid reason for same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, April 21, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge has said that attorneys defending Indiana's same-sex marriage ban haven't given a valid reason why the state should not recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness.

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Federal court to hear challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

| Sunday, April 20, 2014
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SALEM, Ore. -- The future of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week, and while critics will argue that it unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians, there appears to be little support for it to be upheld.

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Report: Marriage equality will add $47 million, new jobs to Oregon’s economy

| Sunday, April 20, 2014
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As a federal court prepares to hear arguments in a challenge to Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, a new report finds that marriage equality would add $47 million to the state’s economy and generate over 450 new jobs over three years.

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Living single in the age of marriage equality

| Sunday, April 20, 2014
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What good is being gay when you have no one to love? What good is same-sex marriage when you’re single? During the periods when I was single, I watched a lot of films, at home, alone. The selection process had to be very cautious. Romance was out. Drama too, as my emotions were too raw after breakups. Suspense and mystery were iffy; I’m more easily spooked when I don’t have someone to protect. Sci-fi creeped me out. Comedy was about the only choice left...

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Franklin Graham: Putin’s doing what’s right for Russia, gays can go to heaven if they repent

| Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of iconic American preacher Billy Graham, reiterates his strong opposition to same-sex marriage and gay adoption in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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Oregon revises marriage licenses to accommodate for same-sex couples

| Friday, April 18, 2014
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In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples.

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AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Okla. gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold a ruling by a federal judge that threw out Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. Following is the audio recording of today's hearing >

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Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling.

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Judge hears challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing he expects to issue a ruling in about two weeks.

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