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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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Same-sex couple’s divorce case before Mississippi Supreme Court

Sunday, November 16, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- The attorney for a woman who wants the state of Mississippi to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce says his client's case is on a parallel track to the efforts in federal court ...

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N.C. county approves non-binding resolution opposing marriage equality

Sunday, November 16, 2014
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GASTONIA, N.C. — Commissioners in Gaston County, N.C., have approved a resolution opposing same-sex marriage. The non-binding resolution approved Thursday carries no legal weight, but commissioners said they wanted to let residents know where they stand on the issue now ...

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Mich. lawyers say appeals court ruling voids more than 300 same-sex marriages

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Marsha Caspar, 51, left, and Glenna DeJong, 53, of Lansing, Mich., sign documents March 22, 2014, before they were married at the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason, Mich.
DETROIT -- Attorneys for the state of Michigan argued on Friday that a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage invalidates the unions of 300 same-sex couples who were married earlier this year. ...

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Judge in South Dakota rejects motion to dismiss challenge to gay marriage ban

Friday, November 14, 2014
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PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota’s marriage equality lawsuit is moving forward after U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Friday rejected the State’s motion for the case to be dismissed. ...

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Plaintiffs in Tennessee marriage case appeal ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 14, 2014
Dr. Sophy Jesty and Dr. Valeria Tanco, of Knoxville, Tenn. (left) are plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Three same-sex couples challenging Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize their out-of-state marriages, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their case after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state ...

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Judge in Montana to rule on same-sex marriage ban without formal hearing

Friday, November 14, 2014
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GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- A federal judge has vacated a hearing scheduled for next week in Great Falls to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Lambda Legal, ACLU ask U.S. Supreme Court to review Ohio marriage ruling

Friday, November 14, 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.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states. ...

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Married, gay couple told they’ll lose their drivers’ licenses over name change

Friday, November 14, 2014
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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida couple who used their New York marriage license to change their names on their Florida drivers' licenses have been notified by the state Department of Motor Vehicles warning them that they are both in ...

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Ohio justice: Obstacles facing lesbian daughter made him rethink marriage ban

Friday, November 14, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state's protections for same-sex couples and their families as ...

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Nevada officials say there’s no need for court to re-hear gay marriage case

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court should reject a request by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage for a full-court rehearing of a landmark decision allowing gay marriage in Nevada, the state’s governor and an advocacy group representing ...

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