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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Boies, Olson: ‘We’re trying to bring marriage equality to every state in the Union’

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- David Boies and Ted Olson, the legal team who helped take down California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, were on hand for the the kick-off Tuesday of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.

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State of Wyoming urges judge to dismiss same-sex marriage suit

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The state of Wyoming has asked a district judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay couples and a gay rights advocacy group seeking to force the state to recognize same-sex marriage.

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Lawsuit cites urgency to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

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Winning streak for same-sex marriage to be tested in higher court

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Utah plaintiffs Derek Kitchen, Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge stand together at the Utah Unites for Marriage "send-off" event in Salt Lake City on April 7. This week, a three-judge panel in Denver will become the first federal appeals court to hear arguments regarding state same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on gay marriage.
DENVER -- With its recent string of high-profile victories in federal court, the marriage equality movement is hoping to build momentum to help it attain its long-held goal: a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Mike Huckabee: ‘I’m not homophobic … this is the right side of the Bible’

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday told an Iowa audience that he is not a hater, not homophobic, and is merely standing on the "right side of the Bible."

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Study: Simply talking to people about gay marriage makes them more tolerant

Via: VOX | Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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It turns out that good old fashioned human-to-human conversation really can change people's minds. VOX reports that a new study from professors at UCLA and Columbia University found that simply talking about marriage equality with those who oppose it can help to shift their perspective...

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Ohio governor backs AG’s plan to fight against same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), left, and Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday that he supports the decision of his fellow Republican, Attorney General Mike DeWine, to appeal a court ruling that would force Ohio to recognize the legal, out-of-state marriages of its gay and lesbian residents. [caption id="attachment_134711"...

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LBJ daughters talk gay marriage: Bigotry is ‘just one more expression of hate’

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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In a new interview to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the daughters of former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson discuss marriage equality for same-sex couples, and reflect on what their father might think of same-sex marriage.

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Simpson: Time to ‘live and let live’ and allow gay couples the freedom to marry

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, a Republican, says it’s time to “live and let live” and allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

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Poll: Majority of Wisconsin voters support marriage equality

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A new poll released Tuesday finds a majority of Wisconsin voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, a significant increase over polling five years ago.

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