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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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Court orders Ind. to recognize terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court has ordered Indiana to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple on the death certificate that is issued when one terminally ill partner dies. Tuesday's ruling came after the court stayed a federal judge's order setting aside Indiana's prohibition of gay marriage as unconstitutional. [...]

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Six same-sex couples file federal challenge to Colo. gay marriage ban

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The six couples who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to end the ban on same-sex marriages in Colorado hold a news conference in Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
DENVER -- Six same-sex couples from across Colorado filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The suit is the third such challenge to Colorado's same-sex marriage ban, but the first to be filed in federal court. The case cites last week’s ruling by the U.S. [...]

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Elton John says he believes Jesus Christ would support marriage equality

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Sir Elton John, who plas to marry David Furnish — his partner of more than 20 years — in a “low-key” affair next year, says in a new interview with Britain’s Sky News, that he believes Jesus Christ would support marriage equality. "The church hierarchy, the traditionalists, might be up [...]

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Boulder clerk refuses to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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DENVER -- Boulder County's clerk will continue issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite the threat of legal action by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Hillary Hall made the announcement Tuesday after Suthers' office agreed to give her more time to consider asking the state Supreme Court to rule whether [...]

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Anti-gay group planning worldwide conference in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- An international conservative group that opposes homosexuality is planning its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year - a four-day gathering in Utah, a state that has become a focal point in the gay marriage movement. The World Congress of Families is based in Rockford, [...]

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Colo. AG extends deadline for Boulder County in marriage license debacle

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general is giving Boulder County's clerk more time to consider whether to ask the state Supreme Court whether she has the authority to issue same-sex marriage licenses. John Suther's office agreed on Tuesday to give clerk Hillary Hall until July 10 to respond to its request [...]

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Ind. AG leaves door open to marriage recognition for terminally ill spouse

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana attorney general's office has opened the door to allowing one lesbian couple's marriage to survive a stay order that halted same-sex weddings in the state. In a four-page filing Tuesday, the attorney general's office repeated its argument that Indiana law allows no hardship exception for Niki [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Louisville concluded [...]

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Legislation updates California marriage laws

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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California's family laws would reflect the legality of same-sex marriage under a bill headed to the governor's desk. A bill passed the state Assembly on Monday removes language from the family code that says marriage must be "between a man and a woman" and substitutes gender-neutral language throughout. The bill [...]

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Utah AG misses filing deadline in appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes missed a filing deadline Monday set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the state's appeal of December's ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. [...]

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