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Marriage Equality

As of February 9, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, 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, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, 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, Scotland, and Wales.) A marriage equality law will come into effect in Finland in 2016.

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Same-sex couples in 7 Miss. counties record out-of-state marriage licenses

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Joce Pritchett Carla Webb of Jackson, Miss., pictured here with their two children, were among the couples who recorded their out-of-state marriage.
JACKSON, Miss. -- In a move that's more symbolic than substantial, same-sex couples in seven Mississippi counties were allowed to file out-of-state marriage licenses into chancery court land records Wednesday, while couples were barred from filing documents in one coastal county. Couples say filing the papers does not overturn Mississippi's [...]

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Fla. county wants to withhold tax dollars from being used to fight marriage rulings

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Broward County, Fla., Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, and are asking the county attorney to research ways to withhold taxpayer funding from the state that would be used in the appeals process. WSVN-TV reports that the commissioners voted unanimously to oppose Florida’s [...]

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Appeals court won’t grant stay of Va. same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, which means that same-sex couples could begin marrying in the state as early as next week. The state would also need to start recognizing marriages from out of state by next [...]

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Miss. same-sex couples to record out-of-state marriage licenses

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Advocates for same-sex couples say couples in eight Mississippi counties will record their out-of-state marriage licenses Wednesday at their local Chancery Court offices. Organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, the statewide day of action for marriage equality will involve couples recording their licenses in Amite, Desoto, [...]

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The power of witness

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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I could tell you about the years that I have spent in prayerful study and discernment learning the facts about homosexuality. I could give you psychological, biological, theological, and biblical arguments to support my decisions and actions. I could do those things. But I won’t. Many times, a powerful testimony [...]

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Report: Marriage equality would add $53 million, new jobs to Mich. economy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Michigan would generate an estimated $53.2 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — [...]

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Israel OK’s gay Jews to immigrate with non-Jewish same-sex spouses

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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JERUSALEM -- Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses. In a directive publicized Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar told immigration authorities not to differentiate between married gay and straight couples. Israeli law grants citizenship to Jews and close non-Jewish relatives [...]

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Ind. asks federal appeals court to overturn same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, August 11, 2014
Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys who want a federal appeals court to overrule a judge who threw out Indiana's same-sex marriage ban say there's no constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex. The Indiana attorney general's office on Monday filed its final brief with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Sixth Circuit recap, 3 states head to Supreme Court

Monday, August 11, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week's hearings in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the challenges to four states' same-sex marriage bans, while appeals from three other states land at the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, [...]

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Nepal’s LGBT community parades for same-sex marriage

Monday, August 11, 2014
A participant poses as hundreds of Nepal's LGBT citizens parade through the streets during Gaijatra festival in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The Hindu festival to remember the dead is gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community in this socially conservative Hindu-majority nation.
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Hundreds of Nepal's LGBT citizens are parading through Nepal's capital to celebrate Gaijatra, a Hindu festival gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community and cheered by onlookers. Thousands of Nepalese lined the cobblestoned streets of Katmandu's old city Monday to catch a glimpse of those [...]

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