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Marriage Equality

As of January 6, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states (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.

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Utah taking appeal of same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge a federal appeals court's finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. The state opted to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than [...]

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Colo. judge considers Boulder same-sex marriage license fight

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Hillary Hall
BOULDER, Colo. -- Some of the more than 100 gay couples granted marriage licenses in Boulder testified Wednesday during a hearing to determine if clerk Hillary Hall will be allowed to continue issuing the licenses. Tracey MacDermott said not being allowed to marry has made her feel like a "second-class [...]

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Judge won’t speed up decision in request to lift same-sex marriage stay

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge will not speed up the briefing schedule in the American Civil Liberties Union request that she lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday said she would stick to the current schedule, which gives Attorney General J.B. [...]

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Ind. governor tells state agencies to ignore same-sex marriages

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order. The memo from the governor's chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order [...]

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Colo. same-sex marriage battle echoes Boulder drama of nearly 40 years ago

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Clela Rorex
BOULDER, Colo. -- Nearly 40 years ago, a newly elected, miniskirt-wearing feminist in Colorado stumbled into history when a gay couple denied a marriage license sought her help instead. While the college town of Boulder has a liberal reputation now, it was deeply divided over gay rights in 1975, and [...]

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Advocates to deliver petition seeking marriage recognition to Utah governor

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Same-sex marriage advocates plan to deliver a petition with thousands of signatures to the Utah governor's mansion in Salt Lake City on Wednesday to push for recognition of gay couples. The group Utah Unites For Marriage says the petition is directed at Utah Gov. Gary Herbert [...]

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Colo. same-sex marriage license showdown heads to court

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. -- A showdown over gay marriage licenses in Colorado could be resolved Wednesday. Republican Attorney General John Suthers is suing the Boulder County clerk for ignoring a federal court stay on a recent gay marriage ruling and issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers has maintained that the state's gay [...]

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Christian-owned bakery faces court action after refusing ‘gay marriage’ cake

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland could face government action for refusing to bake a novelty cake featuring Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage.” Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, canceled the order, which was to also featured the logo of the gay [...]

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Arguments detailed in Ohio same-sex marriage challenge

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Ohio
CINCINNATI -- Attorneys for same-sex couples fighting to have their marriages recognized in Ohio are urging a federal appeals court to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, arguing that it's unconstitutional and demeaning. The arguments were filed Tuesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. [...]

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Reality series features couples agreeing to get ‘married at first sight’

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Married-at-First-Sight
This is the "sanctity of marriage" that conservatives are fighting to protect: From the FYI Network comes a news series documenting the stories of six individuals, "yearning for romance and a loving partnership," who agree to a provocative proposal: getting married at first sight? [...]

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