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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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Lawsuit filed challenging North Dakota ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, June 6, 2014
J. Stephen Conn
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Seven couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, the last remaining state without a court challenge. It challenges both North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states.

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Poll: Americans’ ideology, age drive views on same-sex marriage

Friday, June 6, 2014
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Ideology and age mark two significant factors in public attitudes about same-sex marriage, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll that finds 77 percent of adults under age 30 support marriage equality, compared to just half as many seniors.

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Appeals court keeps recognition of same-sex marriages in Utah on hold

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 1,000 couples who rushed to wed after a judge overturned Utah's gay marriage ban will have to keep waiting for many of the legal benefits of being married following an appeals court decision Thursday.

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Washington state reinforces insurance parity requirement for gay spouses

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Washington-state
Washington state officials are reminding companies in the state that health benefits must be provided to same-sex spouses if they are provided to heterosexual spouses. The state issued a joint letter Thursday to the state's employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding health care benefits for same-sex married couples.

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Slovakia parliament approves constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Slovakia
Slovakia’s parliament approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, amending its definition of marriage to be the “unique bond between a man and a woman.” The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 102 to 18 with three abstentions, was jointly proposed by the ruling socialist Smer party and the Christian Democrats.

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Utah appeals ruling ordering it to recognize married, same-sex couples

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Utah
Utah has appealed a federal judge's ruling that officials must recognize same-sex marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, filed the appeal Wednesday, sending the case to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to put same-sex marriage on hold in Oregon

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge's order declaring Oregon's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The court issued an order Wednesday declining to block any new same-sex unions in the state while a federal appeals court considers whether an anti-gay marriage group can intervene in the case.

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Minn. county issues more same-sex marriage licenses to N.D. couples

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Nearly two times as many same-sex couples from North Dakota have filed for marriage licenses across the border in Clay County than Minnesotans have. Deputy Recorder Lisa Kunze says 40 of the 68 same-sex marriage licenses filed in the county have been between two North Dakotans.

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More faith groups join federal suit to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the Alliance of Baptists are are joining as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The United Church of Christ filed the lawsuit in April, challenging the ban on same sex marriage, claiming the ban is a violation of freedom of religion.

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British consulates to allow same-sex marriages in Russia, 22 other countries

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
Whitehall, London
Same-sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are currently not legal, including in Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary. Britain’s Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws,.

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