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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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Battle against same-sex marriage in Indiana unlikely to disappear soon

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex marriage is an issue that never seems to die in Indiana politics. The most recent battle is being played out inside the Republican Party, as delegates to the party's upcoming convention ponder whether the GOP platform should support defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Report: Marriage equality could add $92 million to Pa. economy over 3 years

Saturday, May 24, 2014
William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe, press close to one another as they apply for their marriage certificate at City Hall in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on May 20.
As same-sex couples in Pennsylvania celebrate a judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, a new report finds that marriage equality could add as much as $92 million to the state's economy.

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With an eye on the right side of history, judges nix same-sex marriage bans

Saturday, May 24, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah's two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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One state left: Same-sex marriage battle could be coming to North Dakota

Saturday, May 24, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- As North Dakota's ban on gay marriage awaits an almost inevitable legal challenge, leaders in the conservative state must decide whether to spend some of its vast oil riches on a court fight - a step they already took to defend another...

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Shifting views on same-sex marriage give Democrats a wedge issue to wield

Friday, May 23, 2014
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signs the state's marriage equality bill into law on Nov. 20, 2013. The measure goes into effect statewide June 1, 2014.
It wasn't all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield.

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Wedding weekend: Same-sex couples celebrate marriage equality in Pa.

Friday, May 23, 2014
[cap]Christopher DiCapua, left, and Oscar Cabrera kiss after saying their wedding vows Friday, May 23, 2014, at City Hall in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- The first same-sex marriages are now in the history books at City Hall in Philadelphia. Eight couples were married Friday in the mayor's reception room, days after a federal judge lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Wis. AG makes stay request in same-sex marriage challenge

Friday, May 23, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a federal judge on Friday to place on hold any future order she may make that would strike down the state's ban on gay marriage, the second time this week the Republican expressed doubt in the state's chances to succeed in defending the law.

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Mayors, judges open marriage equality era in Pennsylvania

Friday, May 23, 2014
[cap]Lindsay Vandermay, right, and Ashley Wilson say their vows during a wedding ceremony atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps just after midnight on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Joseph Kaczmarek, AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Memorial Day weekend will get off to a festive start as gays and lesbians begin to marry across Pennsylvania. The state could see scores of weddings following a federal judge's decision to throw the state's 1996 ban on "the ash heap of history."

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Polls show growing public support for same-sex marriage

Friday, May 23, 2014
West Point graduate Larry Lennox-Choate, left, and Daniel Lennox-Choate, exit the the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel following their wedding ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Over the last decade, public opinion on whether gay couples should be allowed to marry legally has reversed, with more now in favor of legal same-sex marriage than opposed to it.

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Six South Dakota couples challenge state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, May 22, 2014
South-Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -— Six couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block South Dakota's gay marriage ban, leaving North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged law prohibiting same-sex weddings.

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