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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 Florida, 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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Federal judge rules Va. ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned, with a late-night federal court ruling that declared the voter-approved amendment unconstitutional.

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Missouri governor supports repealing state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he supports ending Missouri's same-sex marriage ban and thinks voters should have a chance to repeal an amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

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Wisconsin Democrats push for repeal of state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tim Carpenter
MADISON, Wis. -- An openly gay Milwaukee legislator has introduced a constitutional amendment that would repeal Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban.

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Russia bans adoptions from countries that allow same-sex marriage

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
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MOSCOW -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an amendment to Russia's law prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting, extending the ban to foreign couples from nations where same-sex marriage is legal.

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Wyoming House defeats bills on both sides of same-sex marriage issue

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming House on Thursday defeated bills on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue. The House first defeated a bill that would have changed state law to allow same-sex marriages. Later, it defeated another bill that would have specified that that Wyoming wouldn’t recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

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Ind. lawmakers effectively kill proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers have effectively killed a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage for this year.

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Texas gubernatorial candidate calls on AG to stop defending gay marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
AP Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports same-sex marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman.

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Ind. constitutional gay marriage ban will not go before voters this year

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was called for second-reading in the Indiana state Senate on Thursday and no amendments were presented.

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Advocacy group files lawsuit challenging Alabama same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama laws that refuse to recognize lawful same-sex marriages.

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Nevada’s decision not to defend gay marriage ban creates uncertainty

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), a former federal judge and attorney general, says Nevada's gay marriage ban "is no longer defensible in court."
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's decision not to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage leaves a conservative group that pushed for the constitutional amendment to carry on the legal fight alone before a federal appeals court.

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