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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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Kennedy orders temporary stay in Idaho, Nevada same-sex marriage rulings

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. Kennedy's order came a little more than an hour after Idaho filed an emergency request for an immediate stay and about 10 minutes before the [...]

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South Carolina judge accepts marriage license application from same-sex couple

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Colleen Condon
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A South Carolina court accepted a same-sex marriage application Wednesday and plans to issue a license despite the state's constitutional ban against the practice and the attorney general's pledge to defend it. [...]

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Conservative states balk at same-sex marriage decisions

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Adam Lau, AP (File)
Conservative officials in some of the six states where Supreme Court action this week likely cleared the way for same-sex weddings say they won't issue marriage licenses to gay couples until their hands are forced. Now, gay rights advocates are preparing to do just that... [...]

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Florida AG, governor say they will keep fighting to preserve gay marriage ban

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.) and Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida will continue to fight to prohibit same-sex marriage even as other states are allowing it following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to ignore their appeals. The court's decision to turn away appeals from five states prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida as well as [...]

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Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban likely to fall in wake of 9th Circuit ruling

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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PHOENIX -- The federal appeals court overseeing Arizona overturned gay marriage bans in two other states Tuesday in a decision that means same-sex marriage is virtually certain to be declared legal in Arizona soon. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out gay marriage bans in [...]

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Wyoming gay marriages still on hold as new challenge is filed in federal court

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Lingering uncertainty over whether same-sex marriage is allowed in Wyoming prevented same-sex couples from marrying in the state Tuesday, prompting four couples to file a federal lawsuit a day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld gay marriage by refusing to hear appeals on the issue. [...]

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ACLU: Alaska should stop defending same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in Alaska says the state should stop defending its same-sex marriage ban after a federal appeals court ruled gay marriage is legal in Idaho and Nevada. Tuesday's decision was issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which [...]

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‘Wedding capital’ Las Vegas to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Las-Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Gay rights groups celebrated Tuesday and county clerks began making plans to for a burst of marriage applications after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Nevada's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In Las Vegas, the self-described "wedding capital," the county-run marriage license bureau set [...]

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Court issues mandate, says same-sex marriage in Idaho begins immediately

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Idaho
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal appeals court declared same-sex marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday and followed the ruling a few hours later with a mandate allowing the Idaho marriages to start immediately. The order, issued Tuesday evening, means that same-sex couples in Idaho won't have to wait [...]

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ACLU: Montana’s same-sex marriage ban will be struck down

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Montana
HELENA, Mont. -- A state ACLU official says a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down Idaho's ban on gay marriage likely means Montana's voter-approved ban also will be declared unconstitutional. Montana ACLU Legal Director Jim Taylor says Montana's ban is nearly identical to... [...]

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