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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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Ky. governor hires private law firm to defend same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed a $100,000 contract with a private law firm from Ashland to represent him in appealing a judge's decision allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages.

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Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s gay marriage ban

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Lambda Legal announced Thursday it has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Arizona on behalf of seven same-sex couples and the surviving spouses of two additional same-sex couples challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Lambda Legal files federal suit seeking marriage equality in Indiana

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's statewide ban on same-sex marriage now faces a second challenge in a federal court. Lambda Legal said Thursday it has a federal lawsuit on behalf of three same-sex couples who seek the freedom to marry in their home state of Indiana.

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Queen Elizabeth II gives royal approval to Scotland gay marriage law

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday gave her royal stamp of approval to Scotland's Marriage and Civil Partnership Act 2014, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to begin by the end of the year.

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ACLU files federal suit seeking recognition of same-sex marriages in Florida

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Eight same-sex couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

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Gay couples in Okla. marriage case to be honored with civil liberties award

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Two gay couples who are plaintiffs in a potentially landmark case challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage are being honored by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Judge: Married same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A judge ruled Wednesday that two women who were legally married in Iowa can't divorce in Alabama, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

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Utah tells judge it is justified in freezing marriage rights for same-sex couples

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APMatthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner (with their son Jesse) are plaintiffs in a federal challenge over Utah's decision to stop granting benefits to newly married same-sex couples.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah state attorneys told a federal judge Wednesday that it is reasonable to freeze benefits for more than 1,000 newly married gay and lesbian couples because their rights are not permanently vested until an appeal court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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ACLU will not seek injunction in Wis. marriage suit, asks for expedited decision

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
John Hart, APPlaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 03, 2014. The couples, from left, are Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison, Marie Carlson and Charvonne Kemp of Milwaukee, and Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger of Milwaukee.
MADISON, Wis. -- The plaintiffs in a lawsuit agreed Tuesday not to ask for a temporary halt to enforcement of Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage and asked a federal judge instead to expedite a decision on the overall case.

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Pew: 61 percent of young Republicans favor legalizing same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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A strong majority of Republicans under age 30 support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to results of a Pew Research study released Monday.

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