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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 Florida, 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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Judge: Married same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A judge ruled Wednesday that two women who were legally married in Iowa can't divorce in Alabama, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

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Utah tells judge it is justified in freezing marriage rights for same-sex couples

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APMatthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner (with their son Jesse) are plaintiffs in a federal challenge over Utah's decision to stop granting benefits to newly married same-sex couples.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah state attorneys told a federal judge Wednesday that it is reasonable to freeze benefits for more than 1,000 newly married gay and lesbian couples because their rights are not permanently vested until an appeal court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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ACLU will not seek injunction in Wis. marriage suit, asks for expedited decision

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
John Hart, APPlaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 03, 2014. The couples, from left, are Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison, Marie Carlson and Charvonne Kemp of Milwaukee, and Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger of Milwaukee.
MADISON, Wis. -- The plaintiffs in a lawsuit agreed Tuesday not to ask for a temporary halt to enforcement of Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage and asked a federal judge instead to expedite a decision on the overall case.

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Pew: 61 percent of young Republicans favor legalizing same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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A strong majority of Republicans under age 30 support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to results of a Pew Research study released Monday.

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VIDEO

‘Marry Me’

| Monday, March 10, 2014
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From Director and Videographer Elvis Di Fazio comes "Marry Me," a video created as the closing act for Sydney, Australia's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014, which concluded last week.

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Married same-sex couples in Indiana could pay more for tax filings

| Monday, March 10, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Conflicting state and federal policies will likely cost Indiana same-sex couples more when they file their tax returns this year, experts say.

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UPDATE: Appeals court delays arguments in challenge to Nev. gay marriage ban

| Monday, March 10, 2014
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CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal appeals court has postponed oral arguments on the challenge to Nevada's gay marriage ban just hours after it had set the hearing for April 9.

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Appeals court allows all Va. same-sex couples to join marriage challenge

| Monday, March 10, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday granted a motion filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Virginia to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey, the federal court challenge to Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Methodists drop case against retired minister who officiated gay son’s wedding

| Monday, March 10, 2014
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A retired United Methodist Church minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding had his case dropped by a New York bishop Monday, just a few months after another minister was defrocked for the same thing.

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Ben Carson: Gays ‘don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage’

| Sunday, March 9, 2014
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Conservative columnist Ben Carson, who last year likened gays to pedophiles and compared homosexuality to bestiality, said Saturday "gay people should have the same rights as everyone else ... but they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”

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