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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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Ind. speaker ready to change committee in order to advance gay marriage ban

| Sunday, January 19, 2014
Michael Conroy, APBrian Bosma
INDIANAPOLIS — House Speaker Brian Bosma has spent months working behind the scenes to approve an amendment banning gay marriage while publicly keeping the measure at arm's length, promising that it would run its normal democratic course in the Statehouse. Until last week.

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Lawyers for same-sex couples fight Utah’s request for delay in appeal

| Sunday, January 19, 2014
Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner Moudi Sbeity are lead plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawyers for Utah's same-sex couples are asking a federal appeals court to deny state officials' request for more time to prepare arguments in defense of Utah's same-sex marriage ban.

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A gay dad sounds off on the Utah fasting guy’s latest childish rant

| Sunday, January 19, 2014
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Trestin Meacham is not a special individual. For the people who share his mindset, he is actually quite typical. He finds a singular way of expressing himself, and for that, he gets notoriety. Because he typifies some of those holding key points of anti-gay frustration, he remains a point of interest for me and others. He is not alone. With an Oklahoma lawmaker calling gay people “human wrongs” and the government of Nigeria terrorizing its LGBT citizens, and dozens of idiotic ramblings from various lawmakers and clergy, Mr. Meacham’s point of view is more common than many of us are comfortable...

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Va. quickly emerging as key battleground state in marriage equality fight

| Sunday, January 19, 2014
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd
Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to marry. This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That's changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support same-sex marriage.

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UK councilman suspended by party after blaming floods on gay marriage

| Sunday, January 19, 2014
David Silvester
LONDON -- A British far-right party has suspended a local councilman who blamed recent severe flooding on the government's legalization of same-sex marriage.

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Utah asks court for more time to prepare defense of state’s gay marriage ban

| Friday, January 17, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah state officials are asking a federal appeals court for more time to prepare arguments in defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban - in part to be able bring their newly-chosen team of private attorneys up to speed.

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United Methodist Church charges second clergyman for officiating gay wedding

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Rev. Thomas Ogletree
NEW YORK -- The United Methodist Church has formally charged another clergyman for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son.

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Scottish parliament removes transgender spousal veto from marriage equality bill

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Dan LittauerScottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to remove the spousal veto from the country’s marriage equality bill.

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Attorneys for Tulsa county clerk to appeal Okla. same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, January 17, 2014
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TULSA, Okla. -- Lawyers for the Tulsa County court clerk are appealing a federal judge's ruling that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Okla. Rep. Sally Kern: ‘Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong’

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
KOTVSally Kern
Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern, who once called homosexuality “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” decried a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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