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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, 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, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, 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, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.

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Iowa couple marries after 72 years together

Sunday, September 7, 2014
In this Sept. 6, 2014 photo, Rev. Linda Hunsaker presides over the wedding of Vivian Boyack, left, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, center, in Davenport, Iowa. More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, got married.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes have gotten married. Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturday’s ceremony, reports the Quad City Times. “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very [...]

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Majority of Santa Fe marriage licenses in past year went to same-sex couples

Sunday, September 7, 2014
This photo taken on Monday, May 12, 2014, shows the certificate of marriage presented to Kathy Chambery, and her partner, Marilyn Haring of 23 years, after they were married at Magistrate Court in Santa Fe, N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. — More than half of the marriage licenses issued by Santa Fe County in the past year have gone to same-sex couples. The number of licenses issued has doubled, and 55 percent went to same-sex couples, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday, citing data compiled by [...]

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Winston-Salem, N.C. extends employee benefits to married, same-sex couples

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is now offering employee benefits to married same-sex couples. QNotes reports that Winston-Salem human resources director Carmen Caruth said in a letter to city employees on Aug. 28, that the city would recognize all legal marriage licenses from any state or other U.S. jurisdiction, including same-sex [...]

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Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii same-sex marriage cases go before appeals court

Sunday, September 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Monday is set to consider same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii legalized same-sex [...]

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Churches urge U.S. Supreme Court to act on same-sex marriage

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement Friday, said it joined a [...]

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Groups deliver 18K (first) names of gay marriage opponents to Utah governor

Friday, September 5, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents of same-sex marriage have given Gov. Gary Herbert's office a list of 18,600 names of people who signed online petitions supporting traditional marriage and Utah's defense of its gay marriage ban. Representatives from the nonprofit conservative groups United Families International and the Sutherland Institute [...]

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Plaintiffs file appeal notices of Louisiana same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, September 5, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS -- Marriage equality supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Thursday and Friday in their challenge of the ban. [...]

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Fla. Supreme Court won’t rule on same-sex marriage in gay divorce case

Friday, September 5, 2014
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court won't consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban in order to settle a gay couple's divorce case. The high court said Friday the 2nd District Court of Appeal first should rule on the case, in which a lesbian couple married in [...]

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32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage question once and for all

Thursday, September 4, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or have banned it asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow same-sex marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and [...]

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Fla. officials file notice to appeal federal same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Defendants in two federal lawsuits challenging Florida’s marriage ban filed a notice Thursday that they are appealing the August 21 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle overturning Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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