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Marriage Equality

As of October 25, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

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 and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Wis. AG asks federal appeals court to halt same-sex marriages

Monday, June 9, 2014
Mel Freitag, left, and Amber Sowards, of Madison, Wis., get married by Daniel Floeter, family court commissioner, outside the City-County Building on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Madison after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Sowards, who is six months pregnant, has been with Freitag for six years.
MADISON, Wis. -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked a federal appeals court to halt same-sex marriages in Wisconsin after a judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. The Republican Van Hollen filed the motion Monday in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Quinn, Emanuel attend Illinois same-sex marriage celebration

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) pays tribute to marriage equality advocates at a celebration in Chicago on June 8, 2014.
A swanky brunch paying tribute Sunday to those who helped pass Illinois' new same-sex marriage law wasn't free from election-year politics as organizers deemed Gov. Pat Quinn "the most pro-gay governor in the history of Illinois" and knocked his Republican re-election challenger.

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Brian and Toby: A same-sex couple’s wedding story

Sunday, June 8, 2014
In this Jan. 1, 2013 photo, Toby Sowers, right, hugs Brian Rubin as they pose for a photo during a New Year's party in New York. In the late 1990s, Brian said his father was dismayed to learn that his son was gay. Now, he enthusiastically hosted a dinner for members of the wedding's inner circle.
From their first date, it took Brian Rubin and Toby Sowers only days to fall in love and barely seven months to get engaged. Then the pace of their love story slowed. They spent 20 more months planning their wedding, a three-day flurry of celebrations and ceremonies in New York City.

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County executive: 146 same-sex couples married in Milwaukee

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
MILWAUKEE -- Nearly 150 gay couples have married in Milwaukee after a federal judge overturned Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said Saturday afternoon that 146 couples married there before the courthouse closed at 1 p.m.

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Ind. GOP overwhelmingly approves party platform opposing same-sex marriage

Saturday, June 7, 2014
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Delegates to the Indiana Republican Party convention have overwhelmingly approved a party platform opposing same-sex marriage. The state party platform now officially supports the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Same-sex couples still getting married in Wisconsin

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Mel Freitag, left, and Amber Sowards, of Madison, Wis., get married by Daniel Floeter, family court commissioner, outside the City-County Building on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Madison after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Sowards, who is six months pregnant, has been with Freitag for six years.
MILWAUKEE — Judges in Milwaukee and Dane counties are marrying gay couples for a second day following a federal judge's ruling overturning Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. More than 60 couples were married in each county Friday, as courthouses stayed open late following the judge's decision earlier that day.

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Same-sex couples begin marrying in Wisconsin after ruling

Friday, June 6, 2014
[cap]Rich Gillard, left, and Andrew Petroll kiss after their marriage ceremony at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Milwaukee. (Jeffrey Phelps, AP)
MADISON, Wis. -- Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling. Clerks in Madison and Milwaukee started marrying same-sex couples shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a little over an hour after the judge released her ruling.

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Same-sex couples ask appeals court to reverse Utah stay

Friday, June 6, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APMatthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner (with their son Jesse) are plaintiffs in a federal challenge over Utah's decision to stop granting benefits to newly married same-sex couples.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Four same-sex couples have asked a federal appeals court to reverse a decision allowing Utah to delay recognizing their marriages. The delay creates an "enormous hardship" for the couples and keeps them in an "indefinite period of limbo" without the legal benefits of marriage, attorneys for the couples argued in court documents Friday afternoon.

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North Dakota AG: It’s my duty to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

Friday, June 6, 2014
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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Attorney General says he hasn't seen the lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage yet, but he notes that it's his duty to defend the state when it's sued.

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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, June 6, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’ ban on same-sex marriage Friday, the latest in a string of such rulings that have come in rapid succession across the United States. Same sex-couples in two cities began getting married about an hour after the ruling despite confusion over whether the decision cleared the way for the marriages to begin immediately.

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