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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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, 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 on Dec. 31, 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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49 Wisconsin counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Same-sex couples and their supporters take a "selfie"  photo at the Outagamie County Clerk marriage license office on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Appleton, Wis.
MILWAUKEE -- The latest count by The Associated Press shows clerks in 49 Wisconsin counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married. Hundreds of same-sex couples have wed in Wisconsin since Friday, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. [...]

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Report: Marriage equality would add $62 million, new jobs to Ariz. economy

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Arizona
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Arizona would generate an estimated $61.9 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations could generate up to 517 full- and part-time [...]

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N.C. GOP platform reasserts some anti-LGBT clauses, softens others

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
North-Carolina-GOP
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Meeting in a statewide convention over the weekend in Cherokee, delegates of the North Carolina Republican Party adopted their new party platform, reasserting some anti-LGBT clauses and softening others. The adopted platform makes no mention of a federal constitutional amendment and softens the party platform’s anti-gay animus. [...]

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Third federal lawsuit filed challenging Alabama same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
April and Ginger Aaron-Brush
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a same-sex couple from Birmingham who married in Massachusetts but their marriage is not recognized in [...]

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Federal appeals court wants briefs in Wis. same-sex marriage stay request

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Natalie, left, and Heather Starr, with their daughter Libby, say their vows in front of Rev. Roger Bertschausen on the steps of the Outagamie County administration building on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Appleton, Wis. They are the first same sex couple to be married in the county.
MADISON, Wis. -- It looks like a federal appeals court won't rule on whether to halt same-sex marriages in Wisconsin until at least Wednesday. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an emergency stay to halt same-sex marriages while he appeals. [...]

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More than half of all Wisconsin counties now issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Monday, June 9, 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.
More than half of the counties in Wisconsin are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. County clerk offices in 41 of the state's 72 counties told The Associated Press on Monday that they were issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison struck down the ban Friday in an [...]

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Judge says he saw no proof that same-sex marriage destroys families

Monday, June 9, 2014
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III
The federal judge who struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage said Monday he saw no proof that same-sex marriage destroys the strength of families. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, responding to criticism of his decision, noted that Gov. Tom Corbett's administration did not even try to establish [...]

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Alaska AG says he plans to fight challenge to same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 9, 2014
Attorney General Michael Geraghty (R-Alaska)
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty plans to fight a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Department of Law, in a statement, says the attorney general's office has a duty "to uphold and defend the Alaska Constitution, which it intends to do." [...]

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Judge delays action on AG request to halt same-sex marriages in Wisconsin

Monday, June 9, 2014
Miriam Douglass, left, and Ligia Rivera react Monday, June 9, 2014 to the announcement that marriage licenses would be granted, subject to a five day waiting period, in Outagamie County, Wis. The two were given the first same-sex marriage license in the county.
MILWAUKEE -- Same-sex couples in Wisconsin convinced some county clerks to give them licenses Monday so they could wed before an expected hold on a judge's decision declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Other clerks, however, refused to act without an order from the court or state, which is [...]

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Utah threatens to ask Supreme Court for help in same-sex marriage suit

Monday, June 9, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
Utah officials are threatening to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples demanding to have their marriages recognized. Attorneys for Utah say in court filings Monday that they'll appeal to the high court if a federal appeals court lifts the hold on a [...]

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