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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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, 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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N.C. pastors call on governor to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pastors from across North Carolina gathered Tuesday to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to defend the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the face of lawsuits from same-sex couples in the state and around the country. When McCrory, a Republican, ran for governor in 2012, he [...]

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Federal judge considers separate Colorado same-sex marriage challenge

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A federal judge says he will decide by July 25 whether to order Colorado to immediately allow same-sex couples to marry. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore is presiding over a lawsuit against the state's samesex marriage ban. There is no dispute that he will find that [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. [...]

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Court schedules arguments in Ind., Wis., same-sex marriage appeals

Monday, July 14, 2014
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A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in challenges of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana's on Aug. 13. Federal judges in both states have struck down the bans as unconstitutional. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated the Wisconsin and Indiana cases on Friday and put [...]

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Colorado AG asks state Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages

Monday, July 14, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to uphold Colorado's same-sex marriage ban and stop gay couples from marrying. Republican Attorney General John Suthers on Monday asked the court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to the couples until it rules on his appeal [...]

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Colo. judge refuses to halt same-sex marriages in Denver

Monday, July 14, 2014
Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana embrace as they receive their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office on Thursday, July 10, 2014. They were the first couple to receive a marriage licence in Denver, after clerk Debra Johnson began issuing licenses to same sex couples.
DENVER — A judge on Monday refused to stop a Denver clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex, despite a still-active ban against the practice. Colorado District Judge C. Scott Crabtree last week ruled that the state’s 2006 voter-approved gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. But he put that ruling on [...]

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Australia lawmaker: Gay marriage ban a ‘bizarre misappropriation of power’

Monday, July 14, 2014
David-Leyonhjelm
An Australian lawmaker is challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Members of Parliament a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would introduce legislation to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happens. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament [...]

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Christian university expels student for marrying her same-sex partner

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Christian Minard
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma college student just one semester away from completing her degree has been expelled by a Christian university for marrying her same-sex partner. Christian Minard says she received a letter from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., notifying her of her expulsion after marrying her [...]

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Holder: DOJ prepared to urge Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

Sunday, July 13, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is prepared to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the country should the high court take up one of the challenges currently before the federal appellate courts. [...]

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Pa. county clerk not abandoning fight to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, says she's not abandoning her fight, even after a U.S. Supreme Court justice rejected her bid to put the ruling on hold while she tries to get standing [...]

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