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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.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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ACLU to challenge Missouri ban on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Missouri
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union plans to file suit challenging Missouri's treatment of same-sex marriages, an ACLU spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Kan. House gives initial OK on bill to allow discrimination against gay couples

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings.

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Poll: Most Kentuckians still oppose same-sex marriage, yet gap narrows

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky -- Nearly a decade after 74 percent of Kentuckians voted for a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriages and civil unions, a new poll finds than margin narrowing.

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Wis. AG candidate says he won’t defend same-sex marriage ban if elected

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Jon Richards
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general is starting a petition calling on the state's Department of Justice to stop defending the Wisconsin's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Nevada says it will no longer defend its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- In an about-face, Nevada has decided against defending its constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, the latest step in a series of battles being waged across the nation on the volatile issue.

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Laramie lawmaker introduces bill to allow same-sex marriage in Wyoming

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A Laramie lawmaker is pushing legislation to change Wyoming state law to allow same-sex marriages.

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Ind. Senate panel advances same-sex marriage ban, sends bill to full Senate

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana Senate committee voted 8-4 Monday evening, along party lines, in favor of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, setting up a Senate battle on the issue later this week.

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Mormon church, religious groups weigh in on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society.

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Four gay couples sue to force Ohio’s hand on same-sex marriage

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Al Behrman, APAttorney Alphonse Gerhardstein, seated second from right, answers questions Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, during a news conference in Cincinnati. Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban.
CINCINNATI -- Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates.

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Mixed assessments: How ‘big’ is Holder’s news on same-sex marriage benefits?

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.” But there have been some mixed assessments of how big this news really is.

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