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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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ACLU to amend Kansas lawsuit to force state recognition of gay marriages

Friday, November 21, 2014
Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- The attorney suing to overturn Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage plans to amend the lawsuit to try to win state benefits for gay couples already married. ...

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Ninth Circuit rejects Alaska’s appeal for 11-judge review of gay marriage ruling

Friday, November 21, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska has lost another attempt to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage, and Gov.-elect Bill Walker has changed his stance on the issue. ...

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Courts make no immediate decisions in Arkansas’ same-sex marriage cases

Friday, November 21, 2014
As of yet, Arkansas' civil rights law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether banning gay marriage is constitutional just because voters overwhelmingly wanted to a decade ago, even if the restriction conflicts with other fundamental rights. Opponents and supporters of the 2004 ...

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Montana same-sex couples exchange vows after gay marriage ban tossed

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Ben Bahnsen, left, puts a wedding ring on husband, Patrick Donnelly, as Unitarian minister Nina Grey officiates their marriage on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Gay couples are lining up for marriage licenses at county courthouses across Montana on Thursday, a day after a federal judge tossed out the state's ban on same-sex marriage. At least two counties - Missoula and Park ...

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South Carolina state agencies begin recognizing same-sex marriages

Thursday, November 20, 2014
South-Carolina-capitol
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Government agencies in South Carolina began recognizing gay marriages on Thursday, extending health care coverage to the spouses and children of same-sex couples who work for the state. Residents can also now change their last name on ...

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Idaho governor wants to file more arguments in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter wants to file additional arguments in his attempt to have an 11-judge panel review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court asked to review Louisiana same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS -- Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court. ...

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Arkansas Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether banning same-sex marriage is constitutional just because voters approved it a decade ago, even if the restriction conflicts with rights outlined in the state's constitution. ...

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Governor directs Kansas state agencies to not yet recognize same-sex marriages

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Same-sex couples in Kansas can get married, but the state isn't yet allowing them to change their last names on their driver's licenses. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina

Thursday, November 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled. The court denied Wilson's request to prevent the marriages while he ...

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