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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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Tenn. appeals ruling that state recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

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Brief: Okla. gay marriage ban demeans same-sex couples and their children

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Michael Wyke, Tulsa World (AP)Mary Bishop listens as her partner Sharon Baldwin speaks about the status of appeals in the ongoing Oklahoma same sex marriage fight during a news conference at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. The two are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state for banning same sex marriage.
TULSA, Okla. -- Oklahoma's gay marriage ban demeans same-sex couples and their children by signaling to the world that their relationships are secondary to traditional families, opponents of the state law say in a new legal filing.

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Utah gay marriage advocacy group includes state’s former U.S. Attorney

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
APBrett Tolman
SALT LAKE CITY -- A former U.S. Attorney for the state of Utah is heading up a new group advocating for same-sex marriage in the state.

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Ky. Senate approves bill aimed at AG’s refusal to defend gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Attorney General Jack Conway (D-Ky.)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Senate reacted Monday to the attorney general's refusal to appeal a ruling allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages, passing a bill that would allow top legislative leaders to intervene in such situations.

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Same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign in Wyoming

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Wyoming Unites for Marriage launches marriage equality campaign on the steps of the Wyoming state capitol in Cheyenne on March 17, 2014.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Scores of same-sex marriage supporters in Wyoming gathered in front of the state Capitol on Monday to kick off a public education campaign aimed at building support for marriage equality in the "Equality State."

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Wis. governor wants judge to delay lawsuit challenging gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. — Attorneys representing Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration have asked a federal judge to either delay a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's gay marriage ban or stay out of the case completely.

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Judge considers whether to issue stay in Ky. same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, March 17, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge is weighing whether to allow his order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries or put the issue on hold pending an appeal by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Response expected in Okla. same-sex marriage case

| Monday, March 17, 2014
Okla gay marriage
TULSA, Okla. -- Attorneys for an Oklahoma lesbian couple suing to have their marriage recognized in the state are expected to make a court filing in the case.

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Utah attorneys: Gay marriage ruling is an ‘unprincipled judicial wrecking ball’

| Saturday, March 15, 2014
Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state attorneys told a federal appeals court late Friday that the state's same-sex marriage ban should be upheld because such matters are best left to states to resolve.

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Ky. governor asks for delay in same-sex marriage ruling while he appeals

| Friday, March 14, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday asked a federal judge to delay the effective date of his ruling allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages while he appeals the case.

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