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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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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
Oregon
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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Group with ties to white supremacists files brief supporting gay marriage ban

| Monday, March 31, 2014
Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach
LANSING, Mich. — A group with reported ties to white supremacists, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Sara Gilbert of ‘The Talk,’ ‘Roseanne,’ marries rock musician Linda Perry

| Monday, March 31, 2014
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Sara Gilbert, co-host of CBS’ “The Talk,” married rock musician Linda Perry on Sunday, her colleagues announced Monday.

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Lambda Legal seeks marriage recognition for terminally ill Ind. woman and her wife

| Monday, March 31, 2014
Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lambda Legal on Monday asked a federal court to order the state of Indiana to recognize the marriage of a terminally ill woman and her wife.

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Three Mozilla board members resign over CEO who opposes same-sex marriage

| Monday, March 31, 2014
Brendan Eich
Three Mozilla board members have resigned over the selection of Brendan Eich, a Mozilla co-founder, as the company's new chief executive. The resignations are the latest fallout since the announcement last week that Eich -- who in 2008 donated to fight against marriage equality in California -- would lead Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser.

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Poll: Support for gay marriage in Va. still 50 percent, no change in past year

| Monday, March 31, 2014
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Support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia has stands at 50 percent just a little more than a month after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

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