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Marriage Equality

As of October 25, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. 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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Judge limits lawsuit to officials who are blocking plaintiffs’ access to marriage

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge has dismissed three defendants from the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage.

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N.H. clarifies recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state

Thursday, May 1, 2014
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CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire state House has sent the governor a bill that clarifies the law to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its own marriage equality law.

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Prominent Wyo. lawyers speak out in support of marriage equality

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More than 50 Wyoming lawyers, including a former state Attorney General, are expressing support for a group's effort to change state law to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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Pa. asks judge to dismiss lesbian widow’s inheritance suit

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Barbara Baus and Cathy Burgi-Rios, a year before Burgi-Rios' death.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The state of Pennsylvania is asking a county judge to dismiss an inheritance tax lawsuit brought by a lesbian widow.

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New lawsuit aims to strike down Ohio same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Civil rights attorneys Jennifer Branch, center left, and Lisa Meeks, center right, talk about the lawsuit they filed in federal court in Cincinnati seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. They are surrounded by some of the gay couples who are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including, from left, Michelle Gibson, Mary Koehler, Karl Rece Jr., Gary Goodman, Ethan Fletcher and Ronny Beck.
CINCINNATI -- Civil rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban and to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

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Poll: Majority of Colorado voters support marriage equality

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Colorado
A majority of Colorado voters support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released Monday.

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Northern Ireland again rejects efforts to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast Source
BELFAST -- The Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday rejected a motion to join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalizing same-sex marriage.

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ACLU asks court to halt Fla. ban on recognition of out-of-state gay marriages

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a motion asking a federal judge to immediately stop the state from enforcing laws banning the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

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Tenn. wedding venue changes policy, will now host same-sex ceremonies

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee wedding venue that told two Iraq war veterans they could not host their commitment ceremony because same-sex marriage is illegal, has changed their policy and will now open their facilities to same-sex couples.

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Federal appeals court says Mich. gay marriage case will follow usual track

Monday, April 28, 2014
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A federal appeals court won't give special treatment to Michigan's dispute over same-sex marriage. The court says the state's appeal of a decision overturning a ban on same-sex marriage will follow the usual course.

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