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Marriage Equality

As of October 25, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

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 and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Arkansas AG files notice of appeal in same-sex marriage case

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Dustin McDaniel
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has told a judge he's appealing a ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Arkansas clerk issues first same-sex marriage license

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Kristin Seaton, center, of Jacksonville, Ark., holds up her marriage license as she leaves the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs, Ark., with her partner, Jennifer Rambo, left, of Fort Smith, Ark. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Rambo and Seaton were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs after a judge overturned Amendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- Same-sex marriage arrived in the Bible Belt on Saturday, beginning with two women who had traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line.

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Same-sex marriage opponents invoke Justice Kennedy

Saturday, May 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- The pro-gay rights rulings of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy have been a key spark in the march toward legalized gay marriage. To counter the trend, same-sex marriage opponents now are seizing upon other opinions by Kennedy himself.

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Sponsors of anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ ballot initiative abandon campaign

Friday, May 9, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The sponsors of a measure to permit Oregon business owners to turn away same-sex couples whose weddings they object to for religious reasons have abandoned their campaign.

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Arkansas AG seeks stay of same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, May 9, 2014
Attorney GenDustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking a judge to suspend his ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban while it's appealed.

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Arkansas judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban

Friday, May 9, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas judge on Friday struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, opening the door for gay couples to wed.

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AG appeals ruling that Ohio recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Friday, May 9, 2014
Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
CINCINNATI -- Ohio officials have appealed a federal judge's order to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed in other states.

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Ky. governor: Gay marriage threatens birth rates, can induce economic crises

Friday, May 9, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky governor Steve Beshear says in a new legal brief that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry because they cannot “naturally procreate," and the state has an interest in ensuring that they do.

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Two years ago today: Obama evolves, announces support for marriage equality

Friday, May 9, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Two years ago today, President Barack Obama ended a 19-month long evolution on the issue of extending marriage rights to gay couples when he voiced support for marriage equality.

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N.C. marks 2nd anniversary of same-sex marriage ban

Friday, May 9, 2014
Opponents of same-sex marriage gather for a rally at the State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The second anniversary of the passage of North Carolina's constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage was marked Thursday with same-sex couples unsuccessfully seeking licenses to wed, and amendment supporters rallying to preserve the ban.

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