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Marriage Equality

As of January 6, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, 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, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, 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, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.

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Group backing marriage equality releases television ad in Ohio

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A group supporting same-sex marriage in Ohio is airing its first television ad as a federal appeals court prepares to hear oral arguments on the issue. The ad from the Why Marriage Matters Ohio campaign features a gay couple from the state who married last October in [...]

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Vikings hire prominent attorneys to help in settlement talks with Chris Kluwe

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have hired the attorney who investigated the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter Chris Kluwe. Ted Wells, whose investigation in Miami found that guard Richie Incognito [...]

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Colo. Supreme Court stops same-sex marriages in Boulder County

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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DENVER -- Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying [...]

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Marriage equality supporters push for quick ruling in N.C. challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional. [...]

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Texas attorney general says same-sex marriage ban best supports children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, said the [...]

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Wyo. judge allows challenge to state’s same-sex marriage ban to go forward

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A state judge declined Tuesday to suspend a lawsuit contesting a Wyoming law that specifies marriage is limited to one man and one woman. Instead, Laramie County District Court Judge Thomas Campbell said at a hearing he will consider any additional facts in the case and in [...]

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million [...]

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S.C. to keep defending gay marriage ban despite appeals court ruling

Monday, July 28, 2014
South-Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will continue to defend itself against a lawsuit over its ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the state that a similar gay marriage ban in Virginia is unconstitutional. [...]

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N.C. attorney general to drop state’s defense of same-sex marriage ban

Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s attorney general says prosecutors will drop their opposition to challenges to the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the wake of a federal appeals court decision affecting a similar prohibition in Virginia. Attorney General Roy Cooper said at a news conference Monday that the 4th U.S. [...]

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Key West plaintiffs seek to appeal marriage ruling to Fla. Supreme Court

Monday, July 28, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
MIAMI -- Attorneys for two Key West men challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage want the Florida Supreme Court to take up the case. The lawyers representing the Monroe County couple filed a motion Monday asking that the ... [...]

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