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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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11th Circuit rejects motion to extend stay of Florida same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse in Atlanta is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to extend past Jan. 5 a hold on a ruling that declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, possibly bringing same-sex weddings one step closer to reality. ...

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Missouri GOP lawmakers seeking to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican legislative leaders are seeking to appeal a court ruling requiring officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones have filed a motion ...

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Louisiana adds to momentum for Supreme Court review of gay marriage

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
A second state — Louisiana — told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Justices should consider taking on the constitutional dispute over same-sex marriage without waiting further. It is important, the state said in urging prompt review ...

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Tenth Circuit denies Kansas’ request for full court hearing on marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday denied a request by the state of Kansas for an en banc hearing on a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban. An an en banc hearing ...

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ACLU asks judge to order Nebraska to recognize same-sex marriages

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Nebraska
The ACLU is asking a judge to order Nebraska to recognize same-sex marriages while the group's legal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban is pending. ...

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Portman rules out presidential bid, says gay marriage support not a factor

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
CINCINNATI -- Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate over the Republican nomination for the White House. ...

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South Carolina to take same-sex marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
South-Carolina
State officials in South Carolina notified a federal appeals court Monday that they plan to ask the Supreme Court to hear an appeal on the issue of same-sex marriage, in advance of any decision by the appeals court. ...

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 1, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014
Kristin Seaton, center, of Jacksonville, Ark., holds up her marriage license as she leaves the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs, Ark., with her partner, Jennifer Rambo, left, of Fort Smith, Ark. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Rambo and Seaton were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs after a judge overturned Amendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas.
More victories this week in some very conservative states. We're now closer than ever to the start of marriage in Arkansas and Mississippi. Florida is refusing to issue drivers' licenses to a couple after they married and changed their last ...

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Same-sex marriage tops Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s legacy

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, center, poses with legislators and supporters after signing a bill on Nov.  13, 2013, legalizing same-sex marriage in Hawaii.
HONOLULU -- It was a decision that Gov. Neil Abercrombie said may have cost him re-election, but one that he stood by as a proud legacy that will live on long after he leaves the state's highest office. Under Abercrombie's ...

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Couple files lawsuit after Florida cancels driver’s licenses over name change

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Scott Wall-DeSousa and Dan Wall-DeSousa
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two Central Florida men whose driver's licenses were cancelled because they changed their names using their out-of-state marriage license, have filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida, seeking to have their legal marriage recognized by the ...

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