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

| Friday, March 21, 2014
Michigan
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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Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples

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Wis. state attorneys ask judge to dismiss same-sex marriage case

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- State attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban.

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GOP lawmakers who voted for Illinois gay marriage bill win primary races

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
Three Republican lawmakers who crossed the aisle last year to to vote in favor of Illinois' marriage equality law, were all victorious in their primary elections Tuesday.

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Ark. files brief defending same-sex marriage ban as hearing nears

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Opponents and supporters of Arkansas' gay marriage ban are sparring in court filings over whether the state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage serves a legitimate purpose and can be challenged at the state level.

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