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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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Judge hears challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Arkansas
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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Judge has sharp questions for attorneys at Okla. same-sex marriage hearing

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Judge Jerome A. Holmes
DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

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Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger.

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Portman on Ohio ruling: Marriage equality shouldn’t come from the courts

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
COLUMBIS, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the first GOP senator to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, says he’s not a fan of Monday’s federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

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Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom.

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Lawyer who argued in favor of Prop 8 now planning gay daughter’s wedding

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Attorney Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.
WASHINGTON — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

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Hearing set in challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case Thursday before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.

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Tenth Circuit, Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop speak with members of the media before boarding a plane to Denver at Tulsa International Airport, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Oklahomans for Equality gathered at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs, including Baldwin and Bishop, in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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Judge won’t merge suits challenging Ariz. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- A federal judge is refusing to combine two separately filed lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Wis. couple asks state Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wisconsin Supreme Court
MADISON, Wis. -- A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban.

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