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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, 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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Opponents ask U.S. Supreme Court to delay same-sex marriage in Virginia

Thursday, August 14, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
RICHMOND, Va. -- Attorneys representing a county clerk in northern Virginia have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a circuit court ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Alliance Defending Freedom on Thursday asked the nation's highest court to stay the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court [...]

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Same-sex marriage supporters ask judge for quick N.C. ruling

Thursday, August 14, 2014
North-Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marriage equality advocates want a federal judge to quickly overturn North Carolina's ban on same-sex unions after an appeals court ruling to overturn a similar prohibition in Virginia. Federal Judge William Osteen in Greensboro has put no timeline on when he might rule over whether North Carolina's [...]

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Federal court clarifies date for same-sex marriage in Virginia

Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse in Richmond, Va., is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court is clarifying when same-sex marriages could begin in Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond decided Wednesday not to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. [...]

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Bakery refuses cake for same-sex couple after ‘talking to Jesus for 2 weeks’

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Cake Pros in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
SCHUYKILL HAVEN, Pa. -- A bakery in Schuylkill County, Pa., is the latest Pennsylvania business to deny service to a same-sex couple after the owner "talked to Jesus for two weeks." Jennifer and Bethany Petrich tells WBRE-TV they wanted a cake for a ceremony to renew their vows. [...]

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Renowned chef Anthony Bourdain voices support for marriage equality

Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Emmy Award-winning chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain voices his support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign’s “Americans For Marriage Equality” campaign. In the video, Bourdain states, “A common thread of the people I admire – whoever they are, wherever they are – [...]

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Same-sex couples oppose delaying Arkansas marriage lawsuits

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages said Wednesday they won't agree to delay a pair of lawsuits while the U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up the matter. The couples sued Arkansas in state and federal courts last year, claiming that a constitutional [...]

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Together 48 years, N.C. couple fights same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Lennie Gerber, left, and her spouse, Pearl Berlin, laugh while at their home in High Point, N.C. The couple, who have been together 48 years and legally married in Maine in 2013, have a federal challenge pending against North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- On the summer night Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin committed to spending their lives together, the No. 1 song was "When A Man Loves A Woman." Lyndon B. Johnson was president. NASA had just landed the first unmanned probe on the moon. "We're still in love, [...]

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Same-sex couples in 7 Miss. counties record out-of-state marriage licenses

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Joce Pritchett Carla Webb of Jackson, Miss., pictured here with their two children, were among the couples who recorded their out-of-state marriage.
JACKSON, Miss. -- In a move that's more symbolic than substantial, same-sex couples in seven Mississippi counties were allowed to file out-of-state marriage licenses into chancery court land records Wednesday, while couples were barred from filing documents in one coastal county. Couples say filing the papers does not overturn Mississippi's [...]

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Fla. county wants to withhold tax dollars from being used to fight marriage rulings

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Broward-County-FL
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Broward County, Fla., Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, and are asking the county attorney to research ways to withhold taxpayer funding from the state that would be used in the appeals process. WSVN-TV reports that the commissioners voted unanimously to oppose Florida’s [...]

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Appeals court won’t grant stay of Va. same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, which means that same-sex couples could begin marrying in the state as early as next week. The state would also need to start recognizing marriages from out of state by next [...]

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