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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Groups defend Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, want lawsuit dismissed

| Friday, March 28, 2014
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MIAMI -- A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is challenging the grounds of a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Same-sex couple’s divorce case could test Nebraska’s gay marriage ban

| Friday, March 28, 2014
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A lesbian couple who married in Iowa in 2009 is now petitioning the Nebraska Supreme Court to be allowed to divorce in a case that could test the constitutionality of Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage.

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First same-sex marriages just hours away in England and Wales

| Friday, March 28, 2014
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LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, some had just days to plan the biggest moment of their lives.

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Holder extends federal recognition to Michigan’s married same-sex couples

| Friday, March 28, 2014
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

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Mo. lawmaker introduces bill to repeal state’s ban on same-sex marriage

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri state lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Lawmakers ask Holder to recognize Michigan’s same-sex newlyweds

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Jake May, The Flint Journal (AP)Supporters hold up a banner during a pro-gay marriage rally held by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, outside of the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, Mich.
DETROIT -- Six Democrats in Michigan's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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Robertson blames Satan for gay rights, recalls when gays were stoned to death

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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On Wednesday's broadcast of the "700 Club," Pat Robertson said that Satan is behind homosexuality and that Jesus wouldn’t have served gay couples since they would have been stoned to death.

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Lawsuit filed challenging Puerto Rico ban on same-sex marriage recognition

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Puerto Rico attorney who married her longtime partner on the U.S. mainland has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have their marriage recognized in her home territory.

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Governor: Mich. won’t recognize 300+ same-sex marriages performed Saturday

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

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Federal judge rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Wis. gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge has denied a motion by the state to stay the case involving the constitutionality of Wisconsin's marriage amendment.

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