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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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Ten events in 2014 that had the greatest impact on the lives of LGBT people

Thursday, January 1, 2015
AP
Here’s a look back on what the LGBT history books will likely record as the political and legal events of 2014 which had the greatest impact on the lives of those in the LGBT community. ...

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Ind. Knights of Columbus Council relents, will allow gay couple’s reception

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Taylor Butcher and Ale Shields
A Knights of Columbus Council in southern Indiana has reversed course and will allow a wedding reception for a same-sex couple after previously refusing to host the event at its venue. ...

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Florida judge says Orlando official can issue same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Orlando
Circuit Judge Timothy Shea says the Orange County Clerk of Courts won't be breaking the law if she issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida's ban on gay marriage is lifted next Tuesday. ...

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Federal judge moves to speed up ruling in Kansas same-sex marriage suit

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Kansas
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has directed opposing attorneys to narrow factual disputes and to propose a schedule at the end of January for him to hear legal issues. ...

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First same-sex marriage in Dominican Republic performed at British Embassy

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Dominican Republic
Same-sex marriage is banned in the Dominican Republic, but a British national married his partner in the first ceremony of its kind performed at the British embassy in the conservative Caribbean country. ...

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Scotland celebrates the new year as marriage equality law takes full effect

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Joe Schofield, Malcolm Brown and Ross Wright
Scotlanders are ringing in the new year by celebrating a new marriage equality law that came into effect on New Year's Eve. ...

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Florida-based supermarket chain to offer benefits to married, same-sex couples

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
publix
Publix is expanding spouse coverage for its health, dental and vision benefit plans to associates who are married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates’ state of residence. ...

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Conservative group files lawsuits to stop same-sex marriages in Florida

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Florida
Florida Family Action argues the lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage applies to only Washington County, where the legal challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban originated. ...

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ACLU wants couple barred from Nebraska same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Harold Wilson (left) and Gracy Sedlak
The ACLU says Harold B. Wilson and his transgender fiancee Gracy Sedlak have not demonstrated that the seven Nebraska couples already in the suit do not adequately represent the couple's interests. ...

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Florida asks judge to decide who can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, December 29, 2014
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Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked a federal judge to clarify whether clerks in all counties can issue marriage licenses to gay couples starting next week. ...

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