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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 31 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

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 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.

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Federal appeals court puts Idaho gay marriage ruling on hold pending appeal

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho residents planning to gather at courthouses across the state to celebrate same-sex marriages saw their plans put on hold Thursday by a federal appeals court.

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Ark. judge strikes down all state laws banning same-sex marriage

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A judge cleared the way on Thursday for gay marriages to resume in Arkansas, striking down all state laws that prevent same-sex couples from marrying.

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Marriage equality supporters urge Ohio to drop its appeal of marriage ruling

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Same-sex marriage supporters head to the Ohio attorney general's office to deliver thousands of petitions urging him to drop his appeal of a marriage ruiling.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Marriage equality supporters in Ohio delivered several thousand petitions to the state's attorney general Thursday urging him to stop his appeal of a federal judge's order on same-sex marriage.

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Idaho couples ask appeals court not to block same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Amber Beierle (left) and Rachael Robertson are one of four couples challenging Idaho's gay marriage ban.
BOISE, Idaho -- The four couples who sued to get Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages overturned this week are asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to refuse to put the ruling on hold.

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Texas judge blocks state from intervening in gay couple’s divorce case

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Divorce
SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas judge has rejected a push by state officials to block a same-sex couple’s divorce and child-custody case from proceeding.

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Catholic Church fires woman from job feeding the hungry over her same-sex marriage

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Colleen Simon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has fired a woman in charge of distributing food to the homeless and hungry after learning she is gay and in a same-sex marriage.

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Attorneys for same-sex couples in Arkansas ask court for broader ruling

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
After marrying Allan Cox, 48, left, and Steve Thomas, 61, right, Judge Wendell Griffen, center, signs their marriage license in this Monday, May 12, 2014 photo in Little Rock, Ark.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Attorneys for a group of same-sex couples are asking a judge to clarify that he intended to strike down all Arkansas laws prohibiting same-sex marriage when he voided the state's ban last week.

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Michigan pastors declare ‘the fight is on’ when it comes to same-sex marriage

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rev. Stacy Swimp speaks at a news conference at the First Baptist International World Changers church in Detroit  on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
DETROIT -- A group of about 200 mostly Michigan-based black pastors gathered in Detroit on Wednesday to declare “the fight is on” when it comes to same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge in Pa. considers same-sex marriage challenge

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- The fight for marriage equality in Pennsylvania moves to a federal courtroom Thursday, where a couple will ask a judge to recognize their same-sex marriage.

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Fla. student denied in-state tuition, seeks recognition of his same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Florida-Atlantic-University
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A South Florida college student is asking an appellate court to recognize his same-sex marriage after he says he was denied in-state tuition.

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