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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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Ohio same-sex couples eagerly await Monday’s marriage ruling

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.
[caption id="attachment_135316" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Al Behrman, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.[/caption] CINCINNATI -- Pam...

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Nevada GOP removes opposition to gay marriage, abortion from platform

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
Nevada
LAS VEGAS --- The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values.

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Utah AG says defense of state’s gay marriage ban is not about hate

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Sean Reyes
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

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Nevada Republican party mulls social issues’ place in platform

| Friday, April 11, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Republicans meeting for a statewide convention in Las Vegas will decide this weekend whether to follow the lead of the state's largest county and strip hot-button social issues from the party platform.

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Va. attorney general files brief supporting same-sex marriage

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's attorney general has told an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional that gays and lesbians have just as much right to marry as interracial and heterosexual couples.

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Pennsylvania lawmaker to introduce same-sex ‘divorce equality’ bill

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Mike Schlossberg
HARRISBURG, Pa. — While lawsuits challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage make their way through state and federal courts, a state lawmaker says he plans legislation to grant same-sex couples the right to divorce.

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AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Utah gay marriage ban

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

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Same-sex couples plan filing joint N.C. tax returns as married couples

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
taxes
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Gay and lesbian activists are protesting North Carolina's ban against same-sex marriage as they file their income tax statements.

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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Italy
ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States.

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Ohio Statehouse ban on same-sex ceremonies to get review

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Overseers of Ohio’s Statehouse will review a seven-year-old policy that forbids same-sex couples from having their weddings and receptions in the state capitol building.

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