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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 31 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. 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 in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Six South Dakota couples challenge state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, May 22, 2014
South-Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -— Six couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block South Dakota's gay marriage ban, leaving North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged law prohibiting same-sex weddings.

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Utah governor committed to defending state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he remains committed to defending Utah's same-sex marriage ban, calling decisions by other state leaders to not defend bans the "next step to anarchy."

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Legal battle over same-sex marriage intensifies across the U.S.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Katelyn Walls, seated, 25, of Parkersburg, W. Va., her sister Merideth Paff, standing, at right, 30, of Erie, Pa., and Paff's son 3-year-old Nicholas Paff, seated, at right, attend a rally at Perry Square in Erie, Pa., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in support of marriage equality in Pennsylvania. About 150 people turned out to celebrate a federal judge's overturning of Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage.
Marriage equality advocates are celebrating big legal victories this week after federal courts struck down same-sex marriage bans in two more states, and a federal lawsuit filed by four gay couples in Montana leaves just two states with same-sex marriage bans and no legal challenges aimed at overturning them.

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Just in time for wedding season, Pa. couples celebrating marriage equality

Thursday, May 22, 2014
William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe, press close to one another after they had their photo made with their newly acquired marriage certificate, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at City Hall in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania became the final Northeastern state and the 19th in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he would not appeal a federal judge's ruling that overturned the state's 1996 ban.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — It came just in time for wedding season. Hundreds, if not thousands, of same-sex couples who live in Pennsylvania are rushing to get marriage licenses or celebrate the sudden recognition of their out-of-state marriages in their home state.

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Ind. Republican Party reopens same-sex marriage debate in party platform

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Indiana-GOP
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few lines proposed for the Indiana Republican Party's platform have reopened a debate over same-sex marriage that dominated the start of the year.

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N.D. mayor first in state to join national marriage equality support group

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Karyn Hippen
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The mayor of a small town in eastern North Dakota on Wednesday became the first mayor in the state to formally join a nationwide effort support gay marriage.

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Pa. governor announces he will not appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's governor ended his fight Wednesday to stop same-sex marriage in the state, allowing a growing number of couples to proceed with their wedding plans with greater peace of mind.

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Four couples file lawsuit challenging Montana’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Montana
HELENA, Mont. -- Four gay couples are suing Montana over its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That leaves North Dakota and South Dakota as the only two states with gay marriage bans and no lawsuits seeking to overturn them.

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Gallup poll: Support for same-sex marriage reaches new high at 55 percent

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
AP
WASHINGTON -- Americans' support for laws that legalize same-sex marriage has reached a new high, according to new data released by Gallup.

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Uncertainty lingers for Utah’s married, same-sex couples and their children

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Matthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner with their son Jesse, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Utah that claims the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge's ruling ordering officials to recognize gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned marked a key victory for Utah gay and lesbian couples. But it doesn't end their months-long legal limbo.

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