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Marriage Equality

As of October 25, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

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 and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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U.S. Census Bureau to recognize married, same-sex couples as families

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Census Bureau will begin recognizing married, same-sex couples as families in its 2013 American Community Survey report, due out in September.

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Last Pa. county given green light on marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A suburban Philadelphia county that had been legally prevented from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples can now do so.

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Wis. Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Wisconsin Supreme Court
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition brought by a same-sex couple from Milwaukee seeking to strike down the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Poll finds majority of Wisconsin residents support marriage equality

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- While a federal judge considers a challenge to Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll finds a majority of the state's residents support marriage equality.

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Recent court victories bolster same-sex marriage to a legal tipping point

Monday, May 26, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
WASHINGTON -- One after another and in sometimes evocative language, judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents are declaring it's too late to turn back on the topic of same-sex marriage.

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Battle against same-sex marriage in Indiana unlikely to disappear soon

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex marriage is an issue that never seems to die in Indiana politics. The most recent battle is being played out inside the Republican Party, as delegates to the party's upcoming convention ponder whether the GOP platform should support defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Report: Marriage equality could add $92 million to Pa. economy over 3 years

Saturday, May 24, 2014
William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe, press close to one another as they apply for their marriage certificate at City Hall in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on May 20.
As same-sex couples in Pennsylvania celebrate a judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, a new report finds that marriage equality could add as much as $92 million to the state's economy.

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With an eye on the right side of history, judges nix same-sex marriage bans

Saturday, May 24, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah's two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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One state left: Same-sex marriage battle could be coming to North Dakota

Saturday, May 24, 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. -- As North Dakota's ban on gay marriage awaits an almost inevitable legal challenge, leaders in the conservative state must decide whether to spend some of its vast oil riches on a court fight - a step they already took to defend another...

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Shifting views on same-sex marriage give Democrats a wedge issue to wield

Friday, May 23, 2014
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signs the state's marriage equality bill into law on Nov. 20, 2013. The measure goes into effect statewide June 1, 2014.
It wasn't all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield.

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