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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.

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Tenth Circuit puts federal challenge to Colo. gay marriage ban on hold

Monday, September 22, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit says it will put a federal lawsuit challenging Colorado's same-sex marriage ban on hold pending action by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision comes in the appeal of a challenge filed in July on behalf of six same-sex couples. [...]

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VIDEO

‘Until We Could,’ a video poem by inaugural poet Richard Blanco

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Until-We-Could
To mark the 10th anniversary since Massachusetts because the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, advocacy group Freedom to Marry commissioned Richard Blanco, the poet for Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2012, to write a poem commemorating the decade. [...]

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Iowa women who married after 72 years together tell their story

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes
Earlier this month we told you about Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, a lesbian couple in their 90′s who married after being together 72 years. Now, in an interview with The Des Moines Register, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, are sharing more of their story, from their first meeting, [...]

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Report: Marriage equality would add $2 million to Wyo. economy

Sunday, September 21, 2014
wyoming
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Wyoming would generate an estimated $2.4 million in spending to the state’s economy, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 657 same-sex [...]

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Marriage equality supporters condemn use of kids’ photos at anti-gay rally

Saturday, September 20, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of gay marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Utah are condemning opponents they accuse of exploiting the children of same-sex couples by using their photos as propaganda at an anti-gay marriage rally. Leaders of Utah Celebration of Marriage projected the images on a screen at a rally held Thursday [...]

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Marriage equality coalition asks DOJ to recognize 3 state’s same-sex unions

Saturday, September 20, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group of more than 50 groups supporting marriage equality, on Friday asked the U.S Department of Justice to ensure federal recognition of same-sex couples who were legally married in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin after those bans were declared unconstitutional. [...]

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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling to end same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Puerto-Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lambda Legal has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, seeking a summary judgment to end the U.S. commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five same-sex couples and Puerto [...]

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Same-sex marriage opponents hold rally at Utah state capitol

Friday, September 19, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of same-sex marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Several hundred people gathered to show their opposition to increasingly widespread acceptance of gay marriage Thursday at the Utah State Capitol, lamenting the harm done to children raised by gay and lesbian parents. They held signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don't equal [...]

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Church denies Communion to married, same-sex couple; suggests they divorce

Friday, September 19, 2014
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lewistown, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after a new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off [...]

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Va. House Republicans aim to hire lawyer to defend same-sex marriage ban

Friday, September 19, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday approved a resolution that includes language that would allow the branch to hire legal counsel to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, something Attorney General Mark Herring has chosen not to do. [...]

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