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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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Marriage News Watch: February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015
Marriage could be starting next week in Alabama – anti-gay officials are saying that they don’t have to let gay couples get married, but their reasoning isn’t exactly what you would call true. ...

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Mike Huckabee compares same-sex marriage to alcohol, profanity

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity - options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him. ...

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Alabama judges weighing whether to officiate same-sex weddings

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Shanté Wolfe, left and Tori Sisson embrace near the Montgomery County Courthouse, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala., where they planned to stay overnight hoping to be married the following morning. Later that day, a federal judge stayed her order overturning Alabama's gay marriage ban for two weeks.
While Alabama law requires probate courts to issue marriage licenses, judges and other court officials have the option of whether to perform wedding ceremonies. ...

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Alabama same-sex marriage supporters to hold free weddings in Huntsville

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, Ala.
Supporters of same-sex marriage are organizing free weddings in Huntsville once a judge's ruling legalizing same-sex unions takes effect. ...

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Alabama governor asks appeals court to keep gay marriage ruling on hold

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is asking an appellate court to stay a judge's decision that overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Montana lawmakers consider eliminating law banning same‑sex marriage

Friday, January 30, 2015
J. Stephen Conn
Rep. Bryce Bennett of Missoula introduced House Bill 282 in the House Judiciary Committee Friday. The Democrat's bill would remove same-sex couples from a list of prohibited marriages. ...

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Alabama plaintiffs ask 11th Circuit to allow marriage victory to take effect

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Cari Searcy, left, and her wife Kim McKeand
Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Thursday asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama's request to place the ruling on hold for months. ...

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Louisiana Supreme Court urged to rule in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans.
Lawyers on both sides of a same-sex marriage case have urged Louisiana's Supreme Court to rule on the matter even though the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to do so by June. ...

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Virginia to pay $520K to attorneys in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, January 29, 2015
The settlement agreement was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The attorneys had sought more than $1.7 million. ...

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Alabama judges group reverses course on marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
An Alabama judge's group has reversed course and now says same-sex couples may apply for marriage licenses once a hold comes off a federal judge's order that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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