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Marriage Equality

As of October 25, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 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 on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Fla. judge says three anti-gay groups can’t intervene in same-sex marriage suit

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Florida
MIAMI -- A judge in Florida ruled Tuesday that three anti-gay groups who oppose marriage equality for same-sex couples cannot intervene as parties in a state court lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel said the groups cannot enter the case as parties simply because they have strong beliefs about same-sex marriage.

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Fla. AG says she’s just doing her job when she marginalizes gay couples

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is firing back at critics who blasted her assertion in court documents last week that same-sex marriage would “impose significant public harm,” saying she is just doing her job. Bondi, who is twice divorced, said she takes exception to those who have sought to manipulate her brief, trying to make it something it is not.

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Va. delegate seeking to impeach AG over gay marriage support says it’s his duty

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Bob Marshall
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Republican Del. Bob Marshall says it's his duty to try and pursue impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Mark Herring. Marshall, who co-authored the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, criticized Herring's backing of a constitutional provision barring gay marriage in Virginia.

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Klingenschmitt: A demonic spirit caused judge in Pa. marriage case to ‘conspire against God’

Monday, June 2, 2014
Klingenschmitt
On Monday's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt reacted to last month's ruling striking down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage by declaring that the judge who issued the ruling was controlled by a demonic spirit that led him to "conspire against God."

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Same-sex marriage becomes focus of Illinois’ governor’s race

Monday, June 2, 2014
Quinn-Rauner
After weeks of focusing on Illinois' mammoth financial problems, the governor's race turned to the issue of same-sex marriage Monday as gay couples took vows under the state's new law. Gov. Pat Quinn attended one wedding ceremony while advocates accused his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, of being against efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Idaho governor wants full appeals court review of same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, June 2, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting an "en banc" hearing by an 11-judge panel of the court in an appeal of a federal magistrate's ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. Typically, appeals are heard by a three-judge panel selected from the 29 judges that make up the Ninth Circuit.

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Oregon officials urge Supreme Court to deny NOM’s request for stay

Monday, June 2, 2014
Supreme-Court
Arguing that there is no way the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage when only a private group is defending such a law, Oregon state officials and a group of same-sex couples urged the Court on Monday not to grant a private association’s request to stop those couples from marrying in that state.

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After 50 years together, Illinois marriage plaintiffs exchange vows

Monday, June 2, 2014
Jim Darby (left) and Patrick Bova
CHICAGO -- Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, lead plaintiffs in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Illinois, were married Monday after more than 50 years together. Among those attending the wedding at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art was Gov. Pat Quinn.

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Gay rights group blasts Ill. gubernatorial candidate on gay marriage opposition

Monday, June 2, 2014
Bruce Rauner
CHICAGO -- Gay rights advocates are blasting Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner's stance on the issue as Illinois' new law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect statewide. Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says the Winnetka businessman has opposed efforts for the new law and has previously vowed to work against them.

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Gallup Polls show significant gains in public support for LGBT community

Monday, June 2, 2014
Jeff Siner,  AP
Public opinion on same-sex relations has improved more dramatically than it has on any other controversial issue with strong moral sensibilities, according to data released on Friday by the Gallup Poll organization. When asked to indicate, “Do you believe that, in general, the following are morally acceptable?” 58 percent said yes on “gay and lesbian relations.”

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