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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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, 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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A look at what’s next for same-sex marriage in the U.S.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Utah’s decision to ask the nation’s highest court to review a federal appeals court ruling in favor of gay marriage nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. State officials said Wednesday they plan to ask the justices to review a June 25 ruling from a three-judge panel of [...]

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Report: More than 5,000 same-sex marriages in Illinois

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Illinois
CHICAGO -- A survey indicates thousands of same-sex couples are marrying in Illinois. In a news release, Equality Illinois reports that a survey of all 102 Illinois counties revealed that at least 3,274 marriage licenses have been issued and another 1,694 civil unions were converted to marriages. [...]

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La. voters still against marriage equality, but opposition continues to decline

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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Voters in Louisiana remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage but opposition continues to decline, according to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling. The poll released Tuesday finds that 55 percent of respondents said they opposed legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent said they would support it. [...]

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Judge: Colorado same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A Colorado judge on Wednesday struck down the state's gay marriage ban, making Colorado the 16th state to invalidate a prohibition on same-sex marriages in the past year. District Judge C. Scott Crabtree put his ruling on hold pending an appeal. The decision came in two lawsuits challenging [...]

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Justice Alito denies clerk’s bid to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently. Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans' Court [...]

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Utah taking appeal of same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge a federal appeals court's finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. The state opted to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than [...]

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Colo. judge considers Boulder same-sex marriage license fight

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Hillary Hall
BOULDER, Colo. -- Some of the more than 100 gay couples granted marriage licenses in Boulder testified Wednesday during a hearing to determine if clerk Hillary Hall will be allowed to continue issuing the licenses. Tracey MacDermott said not being allowed to marry has made her feel like a "second-class [...]

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Judge won’t speed up decision in request to lift same-sex marriage stay

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge will not speed up the briefing schedule in the American Civil Liberties Union request that she lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday said she would stick to the current schedule, which gives Attorney General J.B. [...]

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Ind. governor tells state agencies to ignore same-sex marriages

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order. The memo from the governor's chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order [...]

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Colo. same-sex marriage battle echoes Boulder drama of nearly 40 years ago

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Clela Rorex
BOULDER, Colo. -- Nearly 40 years ago, a newly elected, miniskirt-wearing feminist in Colorado stumbled into history when a gay couple denied a marriage license sought her help instead. While the college town of Boulder has a liberal reputation now, it was deeply divided over gay rights in 1975, and [...]

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