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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. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.

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Kansas county issues state’s first marriage license to a same-sex couple

Friday, October 10, 2014
Kansas
OLATHE, Kan. -- A court office in Kansas' most populous county issued a marriage license Friday to a gay couple, believed to be the first such license in the state. Liz Dickinson, a member of the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, said she was at the county courthouse Friday when the [...]

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Marriage equality advocates urge Arizona AG to stop defending state’s ban

Friday, October 10, 2014
Supporters rallied outside Thursday as members of the group Why Marriage Matters delivered petitions urging Attorney General Tom Horne to stop defending Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.
PHOENIX – Delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures in a little red wagon, supporters of gay marriage called Thursday for Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his defense of the state’s ban. The wagon belonged to the daughter of Phoenix couple Kevin Patterson and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of [...]

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Battle over same-sex marriage goes before a federal court in Alaska

Friday, October 10, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The first same-sex marriage ban that was passed in the U.S. will be tested before a judge in Alaska on Friday, the culmination of a week when a federal appeals court struck down similar bans in two states and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to weigh in [...]

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Same-sex marriage still in limbo in Kansas in all but one county

Friday, October 10, 2014
Angela Schaefer, left, and partner, Jennifer Schaefer hold an application for a marriage license at the clerk's office at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kan., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. They are due to obtain their license Tuesday, after the weekend and the Columbus Day holiday Monday.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Wedding plans of gay couples across Kansas were in limbo Thursday, with all but one of the state's 105 counties refusing to issue marriage licenses and the American Civil Liberties Union preparing to sue in a bid to overturn the state's ban on same-sex unions. Couples began [...]

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Christie says states should decide whether to allow same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 9, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a rally for Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett who is seeking a second term, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie says it shouldn't be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether states allow same-sex marriage. The Republican governor weighed in Thursday on the court's decision this week not to hear appeals from a handful of states, paving the way for a significant expansion [...]

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Judge in North Carolina gay marriage case rejects GOP lawmakers’ delay

Thursday, October 9, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina's gay marriage ban denied a motion late Thursday from lawyers for Republican legislative leaders seeking more than a weeklong delay in the case. [...]

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Federal court sets hearing to consider Wyoming same-sex marriage challenge

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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CASPER, Wyo. -- A federal court hearing next week could enable same-sex couples to begin getting marriage licenses in Wyoming. Four same-sex couples and a gay-rights advocacy group filed suit Tuesday seeking the right to marry in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl will consider their request to decide immediately [...]

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Nevada lawmaker, partner become first same-sex couple married in Las Vegas

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Sherwood Howard, left, kisses partner Nevada State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson after they got a marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada state lawmaker has married his partner, becoming the first same-sex couple married in Las Vegas. State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson wed Sherwood Howard shortly after gay couples began receiving marriage licenses in the wedding capital of the world. [...]

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Nevada begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- A dizzying legal wrangle is over in the wedding capital of the world as same-sex couples began receiving marriage licenses in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities on Thursday afternoon. Same-sex couples cheered at the marriage license bureau in Las Vegas as frustration gave way to elation [...]

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Idaho couples ask U.S. Supreme Court to lift stay, allow same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban, the attorneys and plaintiffs in Idaho's case gathered for a news conference in front of the James A McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. In front are attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, and from left to right behind them are three of the four couples in the case: Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Sharene and Lori Watsen and Rachael and Amber Beierle.
BOISE, Idaho -- Four Idaho couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to begin in accordance with a lower court's ruling earlier this week. Attorneys for the couples filed the opposition to an emergency stay with the high [...]

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