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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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Nearly 900 marriage licenses issued to gay couples in pioneer N.M. county

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gay couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A county clerk in New Mexico whose actions ultimately prompted the state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage legal statewide, says his office issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to gay couples in the past year. Last year, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins -- noting that [...]

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Marriage equality would help Nev. domestic violence program funding

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Marriage equality advocates in Nevada have an unlikely fiscal ally: domestic violence programs. That's because the only state-allocated source of domestic violence program funding comes from a $25 surcharge on each Nevada-issued marriage license. Revenue from that surcharge has dropped over the past decade as marriage rates [...]

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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

Friday, July 25, 2014
Florida
MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by [...]

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Seventh Circuit schedules arguments in appeals of same-sex marriage rulings

Friday, July 25, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous [...]

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Colo. appeals court refuses to stop Boulder’s same-sex marriage licenses

Friday, July 25, 2014
Hillary Hall
DENVER -- The Colorado Court of Appeals has denied state Attorney General John Suthers' request to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The court issued its ruling Thursday evening, saying Suthers didn't establish the factors required to reverse a ruling that allowed clerk Hillary Hall to issue such [...]

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Briefs piling up from same-sex marriage opponents in Ind., Wis. appeals

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that's currently [...]

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Poll shows majority support for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages. [...]

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Ariz. says marriage ban justified because same-sex couples can’t reproduce

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona say in court documents that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person. In documents filed Wednesday in a federal challenge to the constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008, [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Colo. gay marriage ban, orders temporary stay

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling Wednesday was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples [...]

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Arguments set in challenge to Alaska same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Vincent Huang
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage. Five same-sex couples, four married outside of Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued to overturn the ban in May. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as [...]

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