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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 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 in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Mich. AG defends same-sex marriage ban ‘out of respect for democracy’

Thursday, May 8, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 2004 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

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Supporters, opponents mark anniversary of N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, May 8, 2014
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Supporters and opponents of the amendment that banned same-sex marriage in North Carolina are holding events to mark the second anniversary of its passage.

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Ky. AG who supports marriage equality announces candidacy for governor

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Attorney General Jack Conway (D-Ky.)
Jack Conway, the Democratic Attorney General of Kentucky, announced his candidacy for governor on Tuesday and has a message for anyone criticizing his decision to not defend Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban. "They do so at their own peril," he said.

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Winner in N.C. primary says he will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Mark Chilton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The apparent winner of a Register of Deeds seat in North Carolina says he'll sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples despite a state ban against gay unions.

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Ala. couple files federal lawsuit seeking marriage recognition

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand with their son Khaya.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Two Alabama women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriage so they can both be legal parents to their 8-year-old son.

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Ind. Republicans oust two incumbents over same-sex marriage votes

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana voters ousted two Republican legislators who helped keep a same-sex marriage ban off the November ballot, but most other incumbents prevailed Tuesday in a primary election lacking a galvanizing issue or marquee statewide race.

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Driving Rosa Parks: Lessons from Jo Becker’s book, ‘Forcing the Spring’

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Jo Becker
For all the consternation the book "Forcing the Spring" has caused, Jo Becker’s trespass in portraying American Foundation for Equal Rights founder Chad Griffin as the Rosa Parks in the fight for marriage equality is not much worse than all the many times newspapers, magazines, and even knowledgeable people in the LGBT community have casually pronounced Stonewall as the start of the gay civil rights movement and rioting drag queens as the pioneers. The movement started decades earlier, and its pioneers were people who pushed back against discrimination in many different ways...

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Pa. Democrats walk out of hearing to impeach AG for supporting gay marriage

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D-Pa.)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A conservative Republican lawmaker who wants to impeach Democratic state Attorney General Kathleen Kane presided over nearly two hours of testimony sympathetic to his cause Tuesday after Democrats on the House State Government Committee walked out in protest.

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Judges reject motions by man who wants to marry his ‘porn-filled computer’

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Chris Sevier
A federal judge and a U.S. appeals court have rejected a Tennessee man's motion to intervene in two cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in Florida and Utah by seeking to marry his "porn-filled Apple computer."

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Ark. Democratic governor reiterates his opposition to marriage equality

Monday, May 5, 2014
Gov. Mike Beebe (D-Ark.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he still believes marriage is between a man and a woman, saying his position hasn’t changed after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced his support for marriage equality.

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