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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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Same-sex couples racing to apply for marriage licenses in Pennsylvania

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Gay and lesbian couples are racing to pick up marriage licenses in Pennsylvania after a federal judge threw out the state's ban on same-sex unions.

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Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania ban on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized the practice throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses.

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Judge set to rule Tuesday on Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Marc Levy, APThe Whitewoods _ Landon, 2, Susan, 49, Abbey, 16, Katie, 14, and Deb, 45, after a news conference to announce that they are the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA -- Gay rights activists should know within hours whether Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage will be overturned.

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Judge orders Utah to recognize over 1,000 legally married, same-sex couples

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Matthew Barraza and his husband Tony Milner (holding their son Jesse) are  one of four couples who sued the state of Utah  following the state's decision not to recognize the legal marriages of more than 1,000 legally same-sex couples. Because of the state’s decision, only Barraza is legally recognized as a parent of Jesse.
SALT LAKE CITY -- When Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner's 5-year-old son starts kindergarten next fall, both of his fathers could finally be recognized as his legal parents.

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Going to the chapel… Same-sex couples begin tying the knot in Oregon

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Julie Engbloom, left, and Laurie Brown, right, are married by Judge Beth A. Allen at the Melody Ballroom, Monday, May, 19, 2014, in Portland, Ore., after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jubilant couples rushed to the altar Monday after a federal judge struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Oregon ruling marks 13th consecutive victory for marriage equality

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Supporters of same-sex marriage hold photos of themselves and their family members or partners on the steps of the Wayne L Morse U.S. Courthouse Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether a national group can defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage because the state's attorney general has refused to do so.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th consecutive legal victory for gay marriage advocates since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of a federal ban.

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Federal judge strikes down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage

| Monday, May 19, 2014
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EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge has struck down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.

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Federal appeals court denies NOM request for stay in Ore. marriage ruling

| Monday, May 19, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal appeals court's ruling has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in Oregon if a judge's ruling allows it.

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NOM asks appeals court for stay in Oregon same-sex marriage case

| Monday, May 19, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- An anti-gay marriage group that sought to defend Oregon's same-sex marriage ban is taking its case to a federal appeals court, just hours before a judge is expected to strike down the ban.

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Politico poll: Majority in ‘highly competitive midterm contests’ oppose gay marriage

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Supporters of traditional marriage and gay marriage demonstrate outside the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
A new poll conducted for Politico.com finds that overall, 52 percent of those "surveyed" oppose same-sex marriage, the only national poll in more than a year to suggest that Americans still oppose marriage equality.

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