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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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Ind. asks judge to stay ruling that it recognize terminally ill woman’s marriage

Friday, May 9, 2014
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana has asked a federal judge to stay his order requiring it to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple in which one woman is terminally ill, saying that the ruling could raise false hopes for other same-sex couples.

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Oregon Supreme Court settles ballot title dispute in ‘religious freedom’ measure

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Oregon Supreme Court in Salem.
SALEM, Ore. -- Backers of a proposed "religious freedom" ballot initiative in Oregon that would allow businesses to refuse services to same-sex weddings based on religious beliefs lost a ballot title challenge with the Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday.

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Bill introduced to ensure Social Security equality for same-sex spouses

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Thursday introduced a bill to provide married, same-sex couples with equal treatment under the Social Security Act when applying for Social Security benefits, regardless of where they reside.

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Mich. same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Marriage equality advocates launch public education campaign in Michigan on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
LANSING, Mich. -- Supporters of marriage equality are launching a statewide campaign to raise awareness of marriage equality.

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Ind. to appeal ruling requiring state to recognize terminally ill woman’s marriage

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- State attorneys say they'll appeal a federal judge's decision ordering Indiana to recognize one gay couple's out-of-state marriage.

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Judge extends order that Ind. recognize marriage of terminally ill spouse

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The state of Indiana must recognize a lesbian couple's out-of-state marriage throughout their legal fight to have one of the women named as a spouse on her terminally ill partner's death certificate, a judge ruled Thursday. The Indiana attorney general's office said it would appeal.

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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
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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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