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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 Florida, 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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Mich. governor to wait for appeals court before recognizing same-sex marriages

| Sunday, March 23, 2014
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
DETROIT -- Michigan state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage, the governor's office said Sunday.

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More than 300 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Michigan

| Saturday, March 22, 2014
Paul Sancya, APKim Gillen, holds flowers for friends applying for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Clerks in four Michigan counties have issued more than 300 licenses to same-sex couples. Read more >

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BREAKING: Appeals court suspends same-sex marriages in Michigan

| Saturday, March 22, 2014
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A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Michigan begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Saturday, March 22, 2014
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Same-sex couples wasted no time getting to courthouses in four Michigan counties to obtain marriage licenses on Saturday, one day after the state's nearly 10-year ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge.

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Some Mich. counties moving quickly to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

| Friday, March 21, 2014
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

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Reagan picked ‘activist judge’ who threw out Mich. same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, March 21, 2014
U.S District Judge Bernard Friedman
DETROIT -- The judge who made history by throwing out Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been on the federal bench for 26 years.

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Mich. plaintiffs celebrate on hearing news that marriage ban struck down

| Friday, March 21, 2014
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Watch as plaintiffs Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer hear the news that Michigan's same-sex marriage ban has been struck down.

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Mich. AG calls for immediate freeze on ruling striking down gay marriage ban

| Friday, March 21, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage while he appeals.

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Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage

| Friday, March 21, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago - the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

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Judge denies stay in ruling that Tenn. recognize three out-of-state gay marriages

| Friday, March 21, 2014
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to issue a stay in her preliminary decision last week ordering the state of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while the case is proceeds in federal court.

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