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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. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.

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Nevada gay marriage opponents ask for full 9th Circuit Court hearing

Monday, October 13, 2014
The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
LAS VEGAS -- A group that couldn't convince three federal appeals judges that Nevada's state law banning same-sex marriage was constitutional is asking the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its case. The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage filed documents Monday claiming bias by the three-judge panel [...]

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9th Circuit lifts Idaho stay, same-sex marriages begin Wednesday

Monday, October 13, 2014
Idaho
BOISE, Idaho -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's stay banning same-sex marriage dissolves starting Wednesday morning. The court's Monday decision came just after Idaho's attorney general dropped its opposition. Meanwhile, Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter maintained his resistance in a separate Monday court filing. [...]

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Wis. governor says state will recognize same-sex marriages performed in June

Monday, October 13, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker says hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June will be recognized by the state. There had been questions over whether those marriages would be legally recognized, since they happened when the same-sex marriage ban was blocked only temporarily. [...]

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ACLU seeks court order to force Kansas to allow same-sex marriages

Monday, October 13, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal court order to force Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry as the group challenges the state constitution's ban on gay marriage. The ACLU filed its request Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, only three [...]

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Alaska same-sex couples begin applying for marriage licenses

Monday, October 13, 2014
Matthew Hamby, left, and Christopher Shelden are one of five gay couples who sued the state of Alaska to overturn its ban on same-sex marriage.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A number of same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses in Alaska on Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex unions. Matthew Hamby and Christopher Shelden, lead plaintiffs in the case against the state, were among the applicants. [...]

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All North Carolina counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 13, 2014
Glenda Lawson and Julie Treadway were among the first to receive their marriage license in Mecklenburg County, N.C., on Monday, October 13, 2014.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Same-sex couples across North Carolina lined up for marriage licenses MOnday morning — the first full day when they could do so following a judge’s order on Friday striking down the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. [...]

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Texas AG says same-sex marriage ban reduces out-of-wedlock births

Monday, October 13, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says the state's ban on same-sex marriage is in the state's interest because it reduces out-of-wedlock" births. In a brief Friday filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Abbott says legalizing same-sex marriage would would [...]

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Ted Olson v. Tony Perkins on ‘judicial activism’ and marriage equality

Sunday, October 12, 2014
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Ted Olson, attorney for the American Foundation for Equal Rights who successfully argued for marriage equality in California and Virginia cases, versu hate group leader Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, in an appearance today on Fox News Sunday. Says Olson: “We have a Constitution and a Bill [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal judge has struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday said the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection. [...]

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ACLU files federal lawsuit challenging Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage on behalf of two couples who were denied marriage licenses last week. The lawsuit filed Friday challenges a state law against gay marriage and a provision added to the state constitution [...]

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