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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 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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Texas gubernatorial candidate calls on AG to stop defending gay marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
AP Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports same-sex marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman.

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Ind. constitutional gay marriage ban will not go before voters this year

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was called for second-reading in the Indiana state Senate on Thursday and no amendments were presented.

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Advocacy group files lawsuit challenging Alabama same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama laws that refuse to recognize lawful same-sex marriages.

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Nevada’s decision not to defend gay marriage ban creates uncertainty

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), a former federal judge and attorney general, says Nevada's gay marriage ban "is no longer defensible in court."
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's decision not to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage leaves a conservative group that pushed for the constitutional amendment to carry on the legal fight alone before a federal appeals court.

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Federal appeals court to fast track challenge to Nevada gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal appeals court has granted Nevada's motion to withdraw its support for a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage and agreed to expedite the case.

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Federal judge hears challenge to Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Eric Gay, APCouples (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and  Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, talk with the media after as they leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Attorneys for two same-sex couples have faced off with the Texas attorney general's office over whether a federal judge should lift the state ban on gay marriage.

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Judge: Ky. must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, part of an unprecedented barrage of marriage equality lawsuits in states where voters have overwhelmingly opposed recognition of gay and lesbian couples.

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ACLU files suit against Mo. for not recognizing same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Missouri
ST. LOUIS -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages performed in places that allow them, saying the state's refusal to do so "undermines the couples' ability to achieve their life goals and dreams."

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Kan. House OKs bill allowing religious discrimination against gay couples

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas House is preparing to take final action on a bill intended to keep individuals, groups and businesses from being compelled to provide services for same-sex ceremonies.

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Gay rights group files lawsuit challenging Louisiana gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS -- Four married gay couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

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