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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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VIDEO

Marriage Equality USA: Interview with Edith Windsor (Part 1)

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Edith Windsor
One year ago, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases for the LGBT community. Since then, every single one of the 15 court cases striking down same-sex marriage bans has used the Windsor decision at the core of their legal decision. All this began when [...]

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Marion County, Ind., clerk’s office weds 186 same-sex couples

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Marion County Clerk Beth White
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Marion County Clerk's office says 186 same-sex couples were wed at its downtown Indianapolis office Wednesday after a federal judge overturned Indiana's gay marriage ban. The clerk's office says it issued more than 200 marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday and the office remained open more than [...]

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Boulder to continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Michelle and Wendy Alfredsen with their son Oliver kiss after getting their marriage license at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorders Office in Boulder Colo. Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Boulder County is issuing more same-sex marriage licenses after a federal appeals court ruled against Utah's same-sex marriage ban. Colorado's attorney general says the Boulder licenses aren't valid both because the ruling has been placed on hold and because a Colorado state ban remains in place. County [...]

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Four same-sex couples issued marriage licenses, wed in St. Louis

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Four same-sex couples  who married in St. Louis, Mo., on June 25, 2014 are (from left): Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett;  Karen “Mima” Davis and Miranda Duschack; Richard Eaton and John Durnell;  and Tod Martin and David Gray.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay announced Thursday that marriage licenses were issued to four same-sex couples by St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter on Wednesday evening, coinciding with the one year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down. The four [...]

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Looking back at the most historic date in LGBT history…

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  case. On June 26, 2013, the court struck down a key provision of DOMA that denied federal recognition to married, same-sex couples.
June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It is the day in 2013 when a Supreme Court procedural [...]

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Utah ruling pushes same-sex marriage another step closer to Supreme Court

Thursday, June 26, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
DENVER — The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided — do states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage? The court danced [...]

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Utah ruling reveals a crack in legal unanimity for same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Paul J Kelly Jr
DENVER — Wednesday's gay marriage ruling contained two historic firsts: It was the first appellate decision for gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Law exactly one year ago, and it also marked the first time since then a federal judge has argued for [...]

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Same-sex couples’ Indiana marriage celebrations could be derailed

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Melody Merida, center, marries Erin Lynae Fox, right, and Jennifer Elizabeth Fox as their sons Isaac, 7, left, and Redmond, 4, look on in the marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples eager to wed in Indiana after a federal judge overturned the state's ban on gay marriage are waiting to see how the judge responds to a request that he stay his order while the attorney general appeals. Hundreds of same-sex couples lined up at courthouses across [...]

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Judge in La. same-sex marriage case signals he may expand scope of ruling

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in New Orleans heard arguments Wednesday on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Attorneys on both sides of the issue pointed to last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal prohibition against recognizing legal gay marriages. [...]

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she supports marriage equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Susan Collins
PORTLAND, Maine -- Republican Sen. Susan Collins has come out in support of same-sex marriage for the first time after getting an endorsement from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization. The Maine Republican provided her personal view when asked by several news organizations. She said she agrees with the decision [...]

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