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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Tenth Circuit preview: Utah’s same-sex marriage ban faces appeals panel

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Corbin Aoyagi, a supporters of gay marriage, waves his flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Ohio lawmaker renews call for judge’s impeachment over gay marriage ruling

| Monday, April 7, 2014
John Becker Ohio
CINCINNATI -- An Ohio state lawmaker has reiterated his call for the impeachment of a federal judge who plans to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

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Gay couple becomes the face of same-sex marriage in Utah

| Monday, April 7, 2014
Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity sit on their couch at their home, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage...

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Fight over same-sex marriage echoes decades-old battle of Loving v. Virginia

| Sunday, April 6, 2014
AP (File)In 1958, two Virginia residents, Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her white husband, Richard Loving (seen here in a Jan.    26, 1965 photo), went to Washington to get married. After they returned to Central Point, their hometown in rural Caroline County north of Richmond, police raided their home and arrested them. They avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia _ the only home they'd known _ for 25 years.  To some people in Virginia, the legal fight over whether same-sex marriages should be allowed has an echo in the state’s old law banning marriage between white and black people.
WASHINGTON — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. But opponents of gay marriage reject the comparison.

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Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage at church’s biannual conference

| Saturday, April 5, 2014
Scott G. Winterton, The Deseret News (AP)Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks during the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to same-sex marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman, "as God created."

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Mich. AG wants full appeals court to examine same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, April 4, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
DETROIT -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants an entire federal appeals court to take a look at a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge to order Ohio to recognize legal same-sex marriages

| Friday, April 4, 2014
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CINCINNATI -- A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere.

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Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy surrounding anti-gay marriage donation

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO after protests of his support of a same-sex marriage ban in California. The Mountain View, Calif.-based nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser had promoted him last week.

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Group seeks to intervene in lawsuits to preserve Florida’s gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
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MIAMI -- The group that pushed Florida's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is intervening in lawsuits filed by gay couples.

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Mother who opposed her deceased son’s same-sex marriage intervenes in lawsuit

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

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