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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Oregon gubernatorial candidate: Gay marriage ‘a sin, just the same as murder’

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Meet Lorraine Mae Rafferty of Selma, Ore., who explains why she’s running for governor Oregon, and makes it clear that she opposes same-sex marriage because it’s a sin, “just the same as murder” -- a label she also applies to abortion.

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World Vision board member resigns in protest of gay hiring policy reversal

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Jacquelline Fuller
SEATTLE -- A World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed a two-day-old policy change that would have allowed it to hire Christians in same-sex marriages in the U.S.

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Gay Ala. lawmaker angry over passage of anti-gay marriage resolution

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Patricia Todd
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama lawmaker has accused her colleagues of using deception to pass a resolution urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

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ACLU announces winners in national same-sex marriage wedding contest

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cortesy: Mikel Razo, Mexican Wedding Photography (AP)Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson, seen here during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 1, 2013, are among five winning couples in a wedding contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union.
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Okla. lawyers argue that marriage exists for its ‘procreative potential’

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Michael Wyke, Tulsa World (AP)Mary Bishop listens as her partner Sharon Baldwin speaks about the status of appeals in the ongoing Oklahoma same sex marriage fight during a news conference at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. The two are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state for banning same sex marriage.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Marriage exists for its procreative potential, not just as recognition of a loving relationship between two people, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees, lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk said in a new court filing.

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Key West couple files lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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KEY WEST, Fla. -- A same-sex couple in Key West, Fla., has filed a lawsuit after being refused a marriage license in Monroe County.

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Okla. same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Freedom Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A coalition of same-sex couples and their supporters gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to launch a statewide campaign intended to teach Oklahomans about marriage equality.

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Nev. county removes ‘traditional’ marriage definition from GOP platform

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County, Nev., Republican Party edited its official platform statement over the weekend to remove a section defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, cut out a statement opposing abortion and added a section affirming people of all sexual orientations.

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Oregon ballot sponsors seek quick answer on same-sex marriage lawsuit

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon asked a federal judge on Tuesday to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state's ban on same-sex weddings. At the same time, top Oregon employers such as Nike and Intel threw their support to ending the restrictions.

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Judge puts one Va. gay marriage case on hold while other case is appealed

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge has put one lawsuit challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban on hold while another makes its way through the appeals process.

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