Marriage Equality

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, the United States and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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Va. House approves bill giving lawmakers standing to defend gay marriage ban

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Va. House of Delegates
RICHMOND, Va. — Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates want to give lawmakers standing in lawsuits where the attorney general and governor have chosen not to participate.

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Same-sex couples file federal lawsuit challenging Wis. gay marriage ban

| Monday, February 3, 2014
John Hart, APPlaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 03, 2014. The couples, from left, are Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison, Marie Carlson and Charvonne Kemp of Milwaukee, and Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger of Milwaukee.
MADISON, Wis. -- A group of same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage, arguing the prohibition is unconstitutional and denies them civil rights married couples enjoy.

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In Indiana, a narrow miss on marriage amendment … 163 years ago

| Monday, February 3, 2014
The former Indiana statehouse, c.1860
INDIANAPOLIS -- The debate raging in the Indiana Legislature over banning same-sex marriage has become the central political issue of 2014. But it's not the first time the state has weighed defining marriage in the state constitution.

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Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists.

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Minn. lawmakers who voted in favor of same-sex marriage raised more cash

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
Jim Mone, APGay marriage supporters outside the Minn. state capitol on May 14 to witness Gov. Mark Dayton sign the marriage equality bill into law.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers who took a political risk by supporting same-sex marriages have seen big increases in their campaign coffers.

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Lesbian couple awaiting child sues Utah over marital rights

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lesbian couple awaiting a child has sued Utah, asking the state to recognize their marriage and all accompanying rights.

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Analysis: Marriage shift has religious conservatives in Kansas scrambling

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Religious conservatives in Kansas fear that the legal wall they built against same-sex marriage will soon tumble, and they're looking for legislators to help them dig a new line of defense in resisting a growing American acceptance of same-sex relationships. A...

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Scotland poised to legalize same-sex marriage with final vote this week

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland's could see its first same-sex marriages by July, as a bill to legalize marriage equality is expected to be passed overwhelmingly by Members of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

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Same-sex marriage poised to eclipse early weeks of Utah legislative session

| Saturday, February 1, 2014
A supporter of gay marriage Tiffany Lundeen wears a flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The surprise legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah in December has catapulted the state to the center of a national debate and dominated the local political landscape, and this week, questions about the implications of the ruling appeared poised to eclipse the early weeks of the Legislative session.

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State of Ark. seeks dismissal of lawsuit challenging gay marriage ban

| Friday, January 31, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state of Arkansas is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a voter-approved law that bans same-sex marriage on grounds that the plaintiffs' rights aren't being violated.

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