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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 Florida, 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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Gay rights advocates rally in Denver, say marriage equality is coming to Colorado

| Monday, March 3, 2014
OneColoradoHouse Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who is openly gay, addresses marriage equality adovcates at the Colorado state capitol in Denver on Mondya, March 3, 2014.
DENVER — Gay rights advocates promise that marriage equality is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box.

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Conservative group: Feds can’t force Idaho to recognize same-sex marriage

| Monday, March 3, 2014
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BOISE, Idaho -- The federal government cannot force Idaho to change its definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the conservative Cornerstone Family Council of Idaho contends in a recent court filing.

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Mich. defense of gay marriage ban off to rocky start as judge bars first witness

| Monday, March 3, 2014
David Coates, Dtroit News (APSupporters and opponents of same-sex marriage demonstrate outside the federal courthouse in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014.
DETROIT -- A judge barred an Ivy League law student Monday from testifying at Michigan's same-sex marriage trial, saying he might become an expert witness someday but his opinions wouldn't help sway this case.

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Man adopted in Ky. by mother’s spouse following marriage ruling

| Monday, March 3, 2014
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky judge has finalized the adoption of a 28-year-old man by a woman who was legally married to his mother in Massachusetts, the first step-parent adoption by a member of a same-sex couple in Fayette County and possibly the state following a federal court ruling.

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Money offer to defeat Indiana same-sex marriage amendment exposed

| Sunday, March 2, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out on tough issues at the Statehouse.

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Harvard professor testifies in Day 4 of Mich. same-sex marriage trial

| Saturday, March 1, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer  are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
DETROIT -- A Harvard University professor testified on Friday for two women challenging Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Judge grants Ky. 21-days to implement order recognizing same-sex marriages

| Friday, February 28, 2014
Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky has until March 20 to implement an order granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states or countries, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general against longtime gay friend

| Friday, February 28, 2014
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When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today. Their friendship is now at an extraordinary junction: Phariss, who is gay, filed the Texas lawsuit that a federal judge used this week to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Utah defends freeze on benefits for married, same-sex couples

| Friday, February 28, 2014
Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah officials say in a new court filing that they have no choice but to put a freeze on granting benefits to newly married gay couples until a federal appeals court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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St. Louis schools to add spousal benefits for married, same-sex couples

| Friday, February 28, 2014
St. Louis, Mo.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The St. Louis public school system has implemented changes to their employment benefits to include coverage for married, same-sex spouses.

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