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Marriage Equality

As of January 6, 2015:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states (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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Legislation updates California marriage laws

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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California's family laws would reflect the legality of same-sex marriage under a bill headed to the governor's desk. A bill passed the state Assembly on Monday removes language from the family code that says marriage must be "between a man and a woman" and substitutes gender-neutral language throughout. The bill [...]

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Utah AG misses filing deadline in appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sean Reyes
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes missed a filing deadline Monday set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the state's appeal of December's ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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This week's Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine. [...]

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Colo. AG orders Boulder to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, June 30, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado's attorney general has ordered a halt to the issuing of gay-marriage licenses in Boulder County. Republican Attorney General John Suthers gave Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall until noon Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses. Colorado's constitution bans same-sex unions, and a federal decision handed down last week [...]

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Motion filed to protect terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

Monday, June 30, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS — A national gay rights group filed an emergency request Monday to protect the first same-sex marriage recognized in Indiana now that a federal appeals court has halted a judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. Lawyers from Lambda Legal asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of [...]

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Lawsuit alleging civil rights were violated when gay couples married is dismissed

Monday, June 30, 2014
Bob Braun
MILWAUKEE — A lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin man who claimed that his civil rights were being violated because same-sex couples were marrying has been dismissed. Bob Braun of West Allis, Wis., filed a small-claims suit against Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier... [...]

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New Orleans mayor announces support for marriage equality

Monday, June 30, 2014
Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has come out in support of same-sex marriage. Landrieu, a Catholic and a Democrat, has been a longtime supporter of civil unions. However, this is the first time he has endorsed same-sex marriage, according to the Human Rights Campaign. [...]

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Appeals court to hear challenge to Nevada same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 30, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
LAS VEGAS -- A federal appeals court says it will consider Nevada's gay marriage ban on Sept. 8. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has scheduled 20 minutes of oral arguments in the case of Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval. The court will also hear arguments that [...]

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Wash. registered domestic partners become legally married

Monday, June 30, 2014
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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Thousands of registered domestic partners have begun the week as married couples in the eyes of the state, under a component of Washington's same-sex marriage law that was approved by voters in 2012. A provision of that law converts all same-sex domestic partnerships -- in which both [...]

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Ind. same-sex couples face waiting game on whether marriages are valid

Monday, June 30, 2014
Adam Shoffner, right, shouts his joy after he married Daniel Tolliver, left, Thursday, June 26, 2014, as Marion County Clerk Beth White looks on.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples who rushed to courthouses across Indiana during the three days it was legal for them to get married there could now face long months before they learn whether their unions are valid. Legal experts disagreed about the issue Saturday, and it isn't certain a clear answer [...]

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