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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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Hawaii governor to win award for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, November 10, 2014
Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
HONOLULU -- Outgoing Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be given an award for his work to legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii. The Equality Hawaii Foundation will present Abercrombie with the Steven H. Levinson Trailblazer Award at its annual gala on Nov. ...

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The Christian Right’s version of religious liberty is equality you can’t access

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Religious-freedom
The Christian Right’s fight against LGBTQ rights is different from their fight against abortion in many ways — but there are also striking similarities. The Christian Right is already seeking to redefine religious liberty as a way of allowing LGBTQ ...

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Same-sex couples begin marrying in Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Vernon Scoville, officiates during Robert Gann, left, and John Kenny Rodricks, right, wedding at the Jackson County Courthouse Legislative Chambers, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Scoville is retired associate circuit judge for Jackson County. Same-sex marriages began occurring Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than a dozen same-sex couples were married Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision, which follows a similar one ...

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Kansas to appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, November 8, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal appeals court Friday cleared the way for gay marriages in Kansas next week, but the state's attorney general promised to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve a ban on same-sex marriage while lower courts ...

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Tenth Circuit denies stay, won’t block same-sex marriages in Kansas

Friday, November 7, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal appeals court has cleared the way for gay marriages to start in Kansas next week. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday denied a request from the state to block an ...

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Hearing set for next week in challenge to Mississippi same-sex marriage ban

Friday, November 7, 2014
Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. A hearing before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson. ...

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Federal judge makes it official, strikes down West Virginia gay marriage ban

Friday, November 7, 2014
West-Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Although West Virginia’s Attorney General stopped defending the state's same-sex marriage ban and gay couples began marrying last month, a federal court on Friday made it official, striking down the ban as mandated by the U.S. Fourth ...

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North Carolina’s top GOP lawmakers appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, November 7, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina legislative leaders are giving formal notice that their lawyers will appeal a Greensboro federal judge's ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in the state. Attorneys hired by Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis ...

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Federal judge rules Missouri same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Friday, November 7, 2014
Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Officials in the Kansas City area said they will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday after a federal judge struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage, marking the second such ruling in a week. ...

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The paths to same-sex marriage review by the U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 7, 2014
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
Depending upon how fast lawyers choose to move, the issue of same-sex marriage could be back before the Supreme Court in a matter of days. So far, only one option has been closed off. The remaining options have ...

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