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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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Federal judge may hold hearing over South Carolina same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
South-Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorneys have until next week to file motions in a lawsuit playing a key role in South Carolina's debate over legalizing same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs on Tuesday gave attorneys until Oct. 23 to file, ...

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Marriage equality: Let freedom, and wedding bells, ring

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Michelle Giorgi and Karen Madrone share a lighter moment with the Rev. Julie Peebles as she officiates in their wedding at the Guilford County Register of Deeds office on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Greensboro, N.C.
The thing that is surprising is why it has taken so many decades to arrive at marriage equality. The lesbian moms and gay dads and their children of the 1960s were the leaders in same-sex marriage and family issues. History ...

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Florida AG now wants state Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 13, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has repeatedly called it her duty to defend the state's ban on gay marriage, now wants the state's highest court to decide whether the constitutional amendment is legal. Bondi’s office ...

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Alaska asks federal judge to stay same-sex marriage decision

Monday, October 13, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska has asked a federal judge to stay his decision allowing same-sex marriages to go forward. The state on Monday filed its notice that it will appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

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Nevada gay marriage opponents ask for full 9th Circuit Court hearing

Monday, October 13, 2014
The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
LAS VEGAS -- A group that couldn't convince three federal appeals judges that Nevada's state law banning same-sex marriage was constitutional is asking the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its case. The Coalition for the Protection of ...

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9th Circuit lifts Idaho stay, same-sex marriages begin Wednesday

Monday, October 13, 2014
Idaho
BOISE, Idaho -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's stay banning same-sex marriage dissolves starting Wednesday morning. The court's Monday decision came just after Idaho's attorney general dropped its opposition. Meanwhile, Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter maintained his ...

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Wis. governor says state will recognize same-sex marriages performed in June

Monday, October 13, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker says hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June will be recognized by the state. There had been questions over whether those marriages would be legally recognized, since they happened when the same-sex marriage ban ...

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ACLU seeks court order to force Kansas to allow same-sex marriages

Monday, October 13, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal court order to force Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry as the group challenges the state constitution's ban on gay marriage. The ACLU filed its request Monday ...

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Alaska same-sex couples begin applying for marriage licenses

Monday, October 13, 2014
Matthew Hamby, left, and Christopher Shelden are one of five gay couples who sued the state of Alaska to overturn its ban on same-sex marriage.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A number of same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses in Alaska on Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex unions. Matthew Hamby and Christopher Shelden, lead plaintiffs in the case against the ...

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All North Carolina counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 13, 2014
Glenda Lawson and Julie Treadway were among the first to receive their marriage license in Mecklenburg County, N.C., on Monday, October 13, 2014.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Same-sex couples across North Carolina lined up for marriage licenses MOnday morning — the first full day when they could do so following a judge’s order on Friday striking down the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. ...

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