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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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Wisconsin insurers open enrollment for married same-sex couples

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment periods are needed because gays and lesbians who got married in Wisconsin last summer were unable to ...

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Lambda Legal files suit against SSA over denial of same-sex survivor benefits

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live ...

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Holder: U.S. to recognize same-sex marriages in six new states

Saturday, October 25, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples. Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. ...

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Campaign underway to oust Kansas judge who allowed gay marriage licenses

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Johnson County, Kan., Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty
LOUISBURG, Kan. -- The husband of a state senator from northeast Kansas has begun a campaign to oust a trial judge who ordered a court clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Brian Baumgardner announced the campaign against Johnson ...

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Judge nixes opposite-sex couple’s bid to intervene in Kansas gay marriage case

Friday, October 24, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A federal judge has spurned an effort by a heterosexual couple to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Kansas ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled Friday that Harper, Kan., attorney Phillip Unruh ...

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Florida AG Pam Bondi asks federal court to keep gay marriage ban in place

Friday, October 24, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants a federal judge to keep the state's ban on gay marriage in place despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Bondi on Friday contended in a court filing that there was ...

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U.S. House candidate apologizes for plagiarizing anti-gay marriage speech

Friday, October 24, 2014
Marilinda Garcia
CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican U.S. House candidate Marilinda Garcia has acknowledged she should have attributed parts of a speech she made on same-sex marriage. The statement came after the liberal advocacy group Granite State Progress pointed out several passages in ...

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South Carolina AG argues couple can’t bring federal lawsuit on gay marriage

Friday, October 24, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A same-sex couple married in Washington, D.C., and seeking to have South Carolina recognize the union is suing the wrong people in the wrong court, state Attorney General Alan Wilson argued in federal court documents filed late ...

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ACLU: Idaho chapel a religious corp., falls under religious exemption

Friday, October 24, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
BOISE, Idaho -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho says it will not challenge a northern Idaho wedding chapel's refusal to conduct same-sex marriages because the chapel falls under a religious exemption. Interim Executive Director Leo Morales said in ...

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Wyoming LGBT advocates turn attention to statewide anti-discrimination law

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Fresh off their victory to legalize same-sex marriages in Wyoming, advocates for gay rights are turning their attention to other state laws they say need to be changed. "The work's not over," Jeran Artery, of Wyoming Equality, ...

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