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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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, 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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Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The case of a woman who wants to divorce her same-sex partner after legally marrying in Iowa is now in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

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Plaintiffs in Idaho same-sex marriage challenge seek court costs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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BOISE, Idaho -- Four couples who successfully sued Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter over the state's gay marriage ban are now asking to be reimbursed for nearly half a million dollars of attorney fees and other court costs.

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Pittsburgh mayor to officiate mass same-sex wedding at pride event

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Bill Peduto
PITTSBURGH -- The mayor of Pittsburgh has announced plans to officiate marriages for same-sex couples next month following last week's federal court decision striking down the commonwealth's gay marriage ban.

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Maine Ethics Commission fines NOM, orders it to reveal campaign donors

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's ethics panel on Wednesday fined the National Organization for Marriage more than $50,000 and ordered it to file a campaign finance report that would reveal the donors behind the 2009 repeal of the state's same-sex marriage law after finding that it violating Maine's campaign finance laws.

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NOM asks U.S. Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The National Organization for Marriage says it is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a federal judge's order declaring Oregon's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

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U.S. Census Bureau to recognize married, same-sex couples as families

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Census Bureau will begin recognizing married, same-sex couples as families in its 2013 American Community Survey report, due out in September.

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Last Pa. county given green light on marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A suburban Philadelphia county that had been legally prevented from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples can now do so.

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Wis. Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition brought by a same-sex couple from Milwaukee seeking to strike down the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Poll finds majority of Wisconsin residents support marriage equality

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- While a federal judge considers a challenge to Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll finds a majority of the state's residents support marriage equality.

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Recent court victories bolster same-sex marriage to a legal tipping point

Monday, May 26, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
WASHINGTON -- One after another and in sometimes evocative language, judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents are declaring it's too late to turn back on the topic of same-sex marriage.

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