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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), in the District of Columbia, and in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

Since 2000, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, 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, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.

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Marriage equality advocates deliver more than 3,000 petitions to Wis. AG’s office

Friday, August 22, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Marriage equality advocates on Thursday dropped off more than 3,200 petitions at the Wisconsin Attorney General's office, hoping to assert some last minute influence ahead of Tuesday's hearing on the state's same0sex marriage ban at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. [...]

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Fla. AG defends fight against same-sex marriage: ‘I’m just getting started’

Friday, August 22, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending her fight against five state and federal court rulings declaring the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. Appearing before a group of Republican supporters Thursday -- just hours after a federal judge ruled against the ban -- Bondi said she took an oath [...]

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Attorneys in Ore. same-sex marriage case awarded legal fees

Friday, August 22, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge has approved more than $133,000 in legal fees to one group of lawyers in Oregon's gay marriage case. The money goes to three Portland lawyers who filed the first lawsuit challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Actress Kristin Chenoweth voices her support for marriage equality

Friday, August 22, 2014
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Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth voices her support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign’s “Americans For Marriage Equality” campaign. In the video, Chenoweth states, “The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should [...]

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Mich. same-sex couples seek state recognition of their marriages

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- A lawyer urged a judge Thursday to order Michigan to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window in March, saying the unions were valid even if a higher court eventually reinstates the state's ban on gay marriage. "The state cannot mandatorily divorce you," University of [...]

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Appeals court extends stay of Colo. same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage isn't coming to Colorado yet. A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay on a ruling from last month that found the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the court has stayed similar rulings in other states. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Florida same-sex marriage ban, ruling stayed

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters [...]

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Indiana appeals latest same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana is appealing a federal judge's ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Attorney General's office spokesman Bryan Corbin says the state filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. [...]

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Judge blasts Ind. governor for contradicting himself on gay marriage

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Tuesday [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no [...]

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