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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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Florida AG Pam Bondi asks Supreme Court to keep gay marriage ban in place

Monday, December 15, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
Bondi and attorneys in her office filed the request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia. ...

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Finland’s parliament approves marriage equality proposal at second reading

Monday, December 15, 2014
Finland
The initiative to legalize same-sex marriage was approved 101–90 by the full session of Parliament at its second reading on December 12. ...

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014
AP
New research shows why marriage equality has been so successful so fast. Plus, a recap of last week's marriage equality developments. ...

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Ohio asks U.S. Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of gay marriage bans

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
With the Ohio response, there are now four new same-sex marriage cases that are nearly ready for the Justices’ first look. ...

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Blue Cross extends coverage to married same-sex couples in Alabama

Sunday, December 14, 2014
alabama
Despite Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage, the coverage extends to those married out-of-state in order to comply with a federal rule. ...

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Lawyers who fought Wisconsin marriage ban seek $1.2 million in legal fees

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
Thirteen lawyers and a team of paralegals spent 2,393 hours on the case; they say the large costs are due to the state's vigorous defense of the ban. ...

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North Carolina GOP leaders to appeal gay marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, December 13, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
The leaders of the two branches of the North Carolina state legislature notified a federal court on Friday that they will ask the Supreme Court to rule promptly on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In a ...

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Pastor dresses horse in wedding gown to protest ‘consequences’ of gay marriage

Friday, December 12, 2014
The Clarion-Ledger
Slippery slope: "Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse? ... This might be possible if the ban on same-sex marriage is lifted." ...

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Judge won’t allow same-sex marriages in Texas while case is being appealed

Friday, December 12, 2014
Texas
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia suggested to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals would likely put the stay back in place in the Texas case if he lifted it. ...

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Lawyers in South Carolina gay marriage case want state to pay legal fees

Friday, December 12, 2014
Colleen Condon, left, and Nichols Bleckley are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina's gay marriage ban.
Lawyers are seeking reimbursement of $150,000 in legal fees to fight the ban after the state continued to deny same-sex marriages despite a 4th Circuit Court ruling. ...

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