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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 Florida, 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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Judge denies stay in ruling that Tenn. recognize three out-of-state gay marriages

| Friday, March 21, 2014
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to issue a stay in her preliminary decision last week ordering the state of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while the case is proceeds in federal court.

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Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples

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Wis. state attorneys ask judge to dismiss same-sex marriage case

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- State attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban.

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GOP lawmakers who voted for Illinois gay marriage bill win primary races

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
Three Republican lawmakers who crossed the aisle last year to to vote in favor of Illinois' marriage equality law, were all victorious in their primary elections Tuesday.

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Ark. files brief defending same-sex marriage ban as hearing nears

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Opponents and supporters of Arkansas' gay marriage ban are sparring in court filings over whether the state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage serves a legitimate purpose and can be challenged at the state level.

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Key cases loom in Pennsylvania same-sex marriage fight

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- When U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin decides this year whether Pennsylvania must recognize same-sex marriages from other states, she'll do so from her perch above Independence Mall, where about 40 people staged an early gay rights protest in 1965. For decades afterward,...

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Romanian parliamentary committee rejects same-sex civil partnerships bill

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania -- A bill which would have legalized same-sex civil partnerships was soundly rejected earlier this month by a parliamentary committee in Romania.

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Ky. recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages put on hold

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

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Vernita Gray, gay rights activist and among the first to marry in Ill., has died

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Charles Rex Arbogast, APVernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert, smile after their wedding ceremony in Chicago on November 27, 2013. They were the first couple to be married after the gay marriage law was signed by the governor.
CHICAGO -- A gay rights activist, who was one half of the first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois, has died at age 65. Family friend Jim Bennett says Vernita Gray died late Tuesday of cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in late November.

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Tenn. appeals ruling that state recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

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