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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 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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Legislating from the Bible: The red state foundation of government ‘service’

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sally Kern
The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it. While that reads like a tired bumper sticker, there are still lawmakers in the United States who use this as the very foundation of their government “service.” One such lawmaker is Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern. Even people who may not be able to find Oklahoma on a map know of Kern and her opposition to anything that resembles equality for LGBTQ Americans. Especially marriage equality...

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Okla. lawmaker wants voters to ban same-sex marriage … again

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
Mike Turner
TULSA, Okla. -- Just one week after a judge struck down Oklahoma's 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a state lawmaker has filed a bill that would call for a second vote to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to again ban same-sex marriage.

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Va. lawmakers split along party lines on AG’s plan to fight gay marriage ban

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Republican lawmakers are reacting angrily to Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement that his office won't argue in favor of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Scottish parliament announces date for final vote on same-sex marriage bill

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
Scotland
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The Scottish Parliament announced Tuesday that it scheduled the final debate and vote on its same-sex marriage legislation for February 4.

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Utah governor says he’s open to law allowing civil unions

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday indicated he'd be open to a law allowing civil unions if Utah citizens pushed for such an option for gay couples in the future.

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Judge consolidates lawsuits seeking to overturn Ore. gay marriage ban

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage might be overturned before voters receive their ballots this fall. A federal judge in Eugene on Wednesday decided to consolidate two lawsuits alleging Oregon's ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Michael McShane, an Obama appointee, set oral...

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Va. AG says gay marriage ban unconstitutional, joins fight against it

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
AP
RICHMOND, Va. -- Following a seismic political shift in Virginia, the new attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it.

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Ind. House panel advances proposed same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers seeking a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state looked for traction in a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday, one week after the measure unexpectedly faltered in a different committee.

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Ind. committee chair kicks gay rights activist out of marriage hearing

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Milo Smith
INDIANAPOLIS -- The chairman of the House Elections Committee has expelled an opponent of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage from a second House hearing on the measure.

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Judge allows Idaho AG to intervene in same-sex marriage case

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Lawrence Wasden
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal judge says Idaho's attorney general can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, even though Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is already a party in the case.

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