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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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Some Indiana counties still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
John Reams and his longtime partner Patrick Tate, far right, kiss during their marriage ceremony in the Warrick County Clerk’s Office in Boonville, Ind., with clerk Sarah Redman, left, and witnesses Amy Gelinas and Jim Tate.
LEBANON, Ind. -- Some Indiana counties still are balking at issuing same-sex marriage licenses. WISH-TV reported Wednesday that Boone, Crawford, Clay, Lawrence and Jefferson counties were not yet issuing the same-sex licenses. ...

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South Carolina AG asks state Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Attorney General Alan Wilson (R-S.C.)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is asking the state Supreme Court to stop a Charleston County judge from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Wilson's office filed its petition late Wednesday afternoon. ...

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Federal judge lifts stays in North Carolina same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge in North Carolina has lifted stays in two cases challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a possible sign he's preparing to strike down the prohibition as unconstitutional. ...

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Group asks Supreme Court to reinstate block on Nevada same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
LAS VEGAS -- A group fighting to keep Nevada's state ban on same-sex marriage wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a short-lived ruling that blocked weddings from taking place. ...

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Judge orders Kansas county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Kansas
OLATHE, Kan. -- A judge in Kansas' most populous county ordered it Wednesday to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following actions earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty said his order ...

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Kennedy allows same-sex marriage to commence in Nevada

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Nevada
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has allowed same-sex marriage to begin in Nevada, clarifying that an earlier order blocking gay unions applies only to Idaho. Kennedy said in a brief order issued Wednesday afternoon that he is ...

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Twin Falls, Idaho couple receives marriage license before stay issued

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Don Moline holds up their marriage license as he embraces his partner Clint Newlan Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014, at Twin Falls County West in Twin Falls, Idaho.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Several same-sex couples, their families and friends gathered at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise on Wednesday morning, eager to be first in line for marriage licenses after a federal appellate court rejected Idaho's ban on ...

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Celebration becomes sadness as same-sex marriage stalls in Idaho

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Mistie Tolman, left, cries as she gets a hug from friend Lisa Perry after she and her partner Karen McMillian, far right, were denied the opportunity for a marriage license inside the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in the states of Idaho and Nevada.
BOISE, Idaho -- Several same-sex couples, their families and friends gathered at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise Wednesday morning, eager to be first in line for marriage licenses after a federal appellate court rejected Idaho's ban on gay marriages. ...

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Kennedy orders temporary stay in Idaho, Nevada same-sex marriage rulings

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. Kennedy's order came a little more than an hour after Idaho filed an emergency request ...

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South Carolina judge accepts marriage license application from same-sex couple

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Colleen Condon
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A South Carolina court accepted a same-sex marriage application Wednesday and plans to issue a license despite the state's constitutional ban against the practice and the attorney general's pledge to defend it. ...

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