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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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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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Ind. AG wants entire 7th Circuit to determine fate of same-sex marriage ban

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's attorney general wants more than three appellate judges to decide the fate of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The office says in a statement issued Saturday that it filed a motion late Friday asking the entire 10-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Indiana's appeal of [...]

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Republican governors’ rhetoric softening on same-sex marriage

Saturday, July 12, 2014
From left: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and Gov.Terry Branstad (R-Iowa).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors [...]

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Appeals court joins, fast tracks Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage cases

Friday, July 11, 2014
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CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court has combined Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage cases and put them on the fast track. The move Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes a day after Wisconsin's attorney general filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's [...]

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Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for indefinite stay of gay marriage ruling

Friday, July 11, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal appeals court has denied Utah's request for an indefinite stay pending appeal of a ruling ordering the state to recognize more than 1,000 gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals [...]

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ACLU asks Holder to issue statement recognizing Ind. same-sex marriages

Friday, July 11, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban. The letter by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana asks Holder [...]

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