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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 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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Dallas city council committee advances ‘statement of support’ for LGBT residents

| Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Dallas, Texas
DALLAS -- A Dallas City Council committee on Tuesday voted in favor of a “comprehensive statement of support” for its LGBT employees and residents in an effort to address inequalities in city employment, healthcare and lobbying efforts.

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Advocates pursue varying strategies to bring same-sex marriage to Pa.

| Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Matt Rourke, APBob, left, and Bill Sullivan take off their wedding rings before entering the marriage license bureau at City Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Sullivans were denied a marriage license along with an effort have their out-of-state marriage recognized.
PHILADELPHIA — Marriage bureau officials in Philadelphia expressed their support Tuesday for same-sex couples, but said they cannot grant them marriage licenses until the law changes in Pennsylvania.

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SHE4ME: The universal theme of love is love

| Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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SHE4ME is a stunning new video set to music by Jen Foster, which tells the story of three inseparable best friends, Nicole, Mike and Gabby grew up together in West Hollywood, California. Two of them will marry one another today. The short film chronicles the universal theme of love is love.

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Colo. House approves bill to allow joint tax filing for gay couples

| Monday, February 17, 2014
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DENVER -- Gay couples in Colorado who are married in another state and in a civil union here could file joint state tax returns under a measure headed to the governor's desk.

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Ind. Senate approves limited gay marriage ban, but no vote before 2016

| Monday, February 17, 2014
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate voted Monday to amend the state constitution by banning gay marriage, but it will be 2016 at the earliest before the measure appears on a statewide ballot because of a late change that limits the scope of the ban.

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Marriage lawsuits could help Davis, hurt Abbott in Texas governors race

| Monday, February 17, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) will face off in November in the Texas governor's race.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Greg Abbott's job as Texas' top lawyer placed him in the line of fire last week when his likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race called on him to stop defending lawsuits over same-sex marriage.

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Washington state to convert same-sex domestic partnerships to marriage

| Monday, February 17, 2014
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SEATTLE — Washington state plans to convert thousands of same-sex domestic partners into married couples on June 30, if they haven't gotten married on their own or dissolved their union by then.

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Pope opens big week with sex, divorce, homosexuality, gay marriage on agenda

| Monday, February 17, 2014
Andrew Medichini, APPope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce.

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Ind. Senate prepares for vote on House version of gay marriage ban

| Monday, February 17, 2014
WFIU (File)Indiana Senate chamber
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana State senators are scheduled to take a final vote on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage after approving a version last week which would put off a public referendum until at least 2016.

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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case get engaged

| Sunday, February 16, 2014
Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner Moudi Sbeity are lead plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.
Derek Kitchen, the lead plaintiff in Kitchen v. Herbert, the federal court challenge to Utah's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, made a Valentine's Day proposal to his partner and co-plaintiff, Moudi Sbeity, at the Equality Ball in Salt Lake City on Friday evening.

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