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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining states.

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 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.

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Northern Ireland again rejects efforts to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast Source
BELFAST -- The Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday rejected a motion to join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalizing same-sex marriage.

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ACLU asks court to halt Fla. ban on recognition of out-of-state gay marriages

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a motion asking a federal judge to immediately stop the state from enforcing laws banning the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

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Tenn. wedding venue changes policy, will now host same-sex ceremonies

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee wedding venue that told two Iraq war veterans they could not host their commitment ceremony because same-sex marriage is illegal, has changed their policy and will now open their facilities to same-sex couples.

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Federal appeals court says Mich. gay marriage case will follow usual track

Monday, April 28, 2014
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A federal appeals court won't give special treatment to Michigan's dispute over same-sex marriage. The court says the state's appeal of a decision overturning a ban on same-sex marriage will follow the usual course.

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Tenn. venue tells Iraq war vets to take their commitment ceremony elsewhere

Monday, April 28, 2014
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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. -- Two Iraq war veterans planning their same-sex commitment ceremony say they have been told by a Tennessee wedding venue to go elsewhere because same-sex marriage is illegal in the state.

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Utah asks federal judge to let state court determine marriage benefits for gays

Monday, April 28, 2014
The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General's Office is asking a federal court to allow the Utah Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex couples who married in the state should receive legal benefits associated with marriage.

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Church sues N.C., claims gay marriage ban violates their religious freedom

Monday, April 28, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A coalition of clergy members filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violated their religious freedom.

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Maine GOP didn’t get the message that voters legalized same-sex marriage

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Maine
BANGOR – Maine Republicans kicked off their convention on Friday by adopting a new platform that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, despite the fact that the state’s voters have already decided the issue.

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Report: Marriage equality will add $15 million to Utah economy over 3 years

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- Legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah would generate an estimated $15.5 million for the state's economy in the first three years, a new report from a California-based think tank shows.

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Judge denies motion by anti-gay group to intervene in Fla. marriage challenge

Saturday, April 26, 2014
U.S. District Court in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has rejected a motion by an anti-gay group which sought to intervene in two lawsuits challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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