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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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Indiana, Wisconsin appeal same-sex marriage rulings to U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
Attorneys general for Wisconsin and Indiana each tried to convince the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that his state's gay marriage case should be the one to decide the contentious issue for the country. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his Wisconsin counterpart, J.B. Van Hollen, separately asked the nation's [...]

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Judge to decide next step in N.D. same-sex marriage suit

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
North-Dakota
FARGO, N.D. -- A federal judge is set to decide the future of a lawsuit filed by seven couples challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota. The suit opposes both North Dakota's ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally [...]

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Federal appeals court hears arguments over impact of same-sex marriage

Monday, September 8, 2014
Attorney Deborah Ferguson, left, presents arguments against the gay marriage ban in Idaho at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A debate over whether children would be harmed or helped by legalizing same-sex marriage was the main focus when a federal appeals court in San Francisco waded again into the issue of the constitutionality of gay marriage. The three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals [...]

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Live streaming: Same-sex marriage cases argued before the Ninth Circuit

Monday, September 8, 2014
The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Live coverage of today's oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit in same-sex marriage cases from Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada can be viewed here: [...]

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Judge Posner’s gay marriage opinion is a witty, deeply moral masterpiece

Monday, September 8, 2014
Judge Richard Posner
Mark Joseph Stern at Slate, on U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner’s scathing rebuke of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin: "In his opinion, Posner does not sound like a man aiming to have his words etched in the history books or praised by future generations. Rather, he sounds like [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Massive victory in 7th Circuit, problems with ruling in La.

Monday, September 8, 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.
A massive victory for equality in Wisconsin and Indiana, with one of the most strongly-worded decisions yet. A judge in Louisiana has ruled against marriage equality, but there are some problems with his ruling. There are major oral arguments this week in multiple states, and more cases move closer to [...]

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Shreveport Times: Same-sex marriage ruling disappointing

Monday, September 8, 2014
Louisiana
The Shreveport Times opines last week’s ruling by a federal judge upholding Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage ... U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman claimed that there are no fundamental rights at stake, even though the Supreme Court of the United States has determined that marriage is a fundamental right in [...]

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Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka get married in Italy

Monday, September 8, 2014
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka married in Italy over the weekend, Harris announced on Twitter Monday. According to E! News, How I Met Your Mother producer and director Pam Fryman officiated the ceremony, which also featured a performance by Elton John. [...]

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Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dead at 93

Monday, September 8, 2014
S. Truett Cathy, seen here on Dec. 31, 2012.
ATLANTA -- S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on same-sex marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93. Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark [...]

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Two years after overturning Prop 8, gay marriage back before the Ninth Circuit

Monday, September 8, 2014
Marriage equality advocates rally outside the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on February 7, 2012, moment before hearing that the court upheld a District Court ruling that Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional.
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. State and federal [...]

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