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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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9th Circuit grants temporary stay of Alaska same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- The federal appeals court for the West on Wednesday issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska, just hours before most couples would be allowed to tie the knot. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit ...

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North Carolina magistrates directed to officiate same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Lee Plume, left, and Dean Lindsey, right, kiss following their marriage ceremony outside the Mecklenburg County and Courts Office building during marriage ceremonies on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Monday was the first day that gay couples could marry in Mecklenburg County after a judge's ruling.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina magistrates were directed Wednesday to perform civil marriages for same-sex couples or face suspension or dismissal from their state jobs. Pamela Weaver Best, general counsel for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, sent ...

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Federal judge asked to rule on Montana’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Jimmy Emerson
HELENA, Mont. -- Four couples challenging Montana's ban on same-sex marriages have asked a federal judge to decide the issue without going to trial. The couples, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed the request Wednesday. ...

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Alaska asks federal appeals court to delay same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska is asking a federal appeals court for a stay after a judge ruled the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The state seeks the stay from the 9th Circuit Court while it appeals ...

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Groups file federal lawsuit to force South Carolina to allow same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Colleen Condon, left, and Nichols Bleckley are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina's gay marriage ban.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Equality and Lambda Legal on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court arguing that South Carolina is obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry, consistent with a ruling by the U.S. Court of ...

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Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- Lambda Legal on Wednesday urged a federal court judge in Phoenix to issue an immediate ruling striking down Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage. The filing follows last Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking ...

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Idaho begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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BOISE, Idaho -- The state of Idaho has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Dozens of couples waiting in line at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise on Wednesday morning cheered as state officials begin issuing the licenses moments ...

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Alaska’s first same-sex marriages performed in Arctic town of Barrow

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Alaska's first same-sex couples to marry are (from left) Kristine Hilderbrand and Sarah Ellis, Kelly Cahoon and Bernice Oyagak.
BARROW, Alaska -- A remote outpost on Alaska's Arctic Coast where people are used to doing their own thing has applied that independent streak to gay marriage. A magistrate in Barrow, Alaska - the nation's northernmost community, and one that ...

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Scotland’s marriage equality law to come into effect on New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Scotland
Same-sex couples in Scotland will be able to plan New Year's Eve weddings, the date the country's marriage equality law comes into effect. Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry beginning December ...

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Judge denies stay, allows same-sex marriages to go forward in Alaska

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal court judge has denied a request from the state of Alaska to put same-sex marriages on hold until an appeal is heard. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess denied the state's request for a stay ...

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