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Marriage Equality

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, the United States 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.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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Catholic archbishop ‘profoundly disappointed’ in Okla. marriage ruling

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Archbishop Paul Coakley
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says he's "profoundly disappointed" in a federal judge's ruling that struck down Oklahoma's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

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Attorneys say Utah, Okla., rulings could influence challenge in W.Va.

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
West-Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An attorney whose group is challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages says she's encouraged by recent federal rulings overturning such prohibitions in Oklahoma and Utah.

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Same-sex marriage rulings in Utah, Okla., build momentum

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Scott Sommerdor, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
[caption id="attachment_120864" align="alignleft" width="665"] Scott Sommerdor, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt...

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Plaintiffs in challenge to Tenn. same-sex marriage ban encouraged by Okla. ruling

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Supporters of marriage equality in Tennessee say they are encouraged by recent federal court rulings in Utah and Oklahoma that struck down state limits on same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge weighing challenge to Ky. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge in Louisville is weighing the fate of Kentucky's ban on same sex marriages as similar laws around the country have been overturned.

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Vote could come next week on Ind. constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Brian Bosma
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers are taking their time deciding how they'll vote on a proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage.

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Lawyers in challenge to N.C. same-sex marriage ban watching Okla., Utah

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Roy Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's 2012 prohibition of same-sex marriage say they are closely studying recent court rulings overturning similar bans in other states.

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Democratic challenger urges Ohio AG to drop appeal of marriage ruling

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Democrat challenging Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling attention to the Republican’s ongoing fight against a deceased gay man whose last wish was to be counted as married on his death certificate.

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Pa. same-sex marriage advocates keep eyes on state case, federal court rulings

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Pa. lawmakers Reps. Brian Sims (right) and Steve McCarter have introduced a bill that would allow same-sex couples to get married legally in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Federal court decisions to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in two conservative states may not have an immediate effect in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that does not recognize gay marriages.

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Oklahoma ruling shows U.S. shift toward same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.
[caption id="attachment_122779" align="alignleft" width="665"] James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Plaintiffs Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla.,...

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