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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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Mo. judge grants state’s first divorce between a same-sex couple

Monday, May 5, 2014
Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Boone County, Mo., judge has granted what is believed to be the first same-sex divorce in Missouri, which has a constitutional amendment against recognizing same-sex marriages.

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Marriage News Watch: May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014
Ivan Hinton, right, gives his partner Chris Teoh a kiss after taking their wedding vows during a ceremony at Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
This week in marriage equality news: South Dakota's Attorney General says he'll fight a lesbian couple in court to stop them from having their marriage recognized. Alaska's highest court has ruled against the state's marriage ban after a deliberation of over a year and a half. We have several new lawsuits, plus a major ruling coming this week in Arkansas.

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Federal court to hear challenge to Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, May 5, 2014
Amber Beierle (left) and Rachael Robertson are one of four couples challenging Idaho's gay marriage ban.
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal magistrate is scheduled to hear arguments Monday in the case of four couples challenging Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Designers Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent marry at iconic NYC public library

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
NEW YORK -- Designer and American Dream Builders host and author Nate Berkus, 42, married designer and TV personality Jeremiah Brent, 29, Saturday at the New York Public Library, reports People magazine.

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First openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Bishop Gene Robinson
NEW YORK -- The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.

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Judge OK’s same-sex couple adoption after court says marriage ban irrelevant

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Idaho StatesmanRene (left) and Drake Simpson
BOISE, Idaho — A judge has approved a Boise woman's adoption of two sons following an Idaho Supreme Court decision in February that said second-parent adoptions by gay couples are legal despite the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Oregon AG asks court to deny NOM request to intervene in gay marriage case

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Ellen Rosenblum
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has asked a federal judge not to allow the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to intervene in a case to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Ark. AG says he supports marriage equality, but will defend state’s ban

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Dustin McDaniel
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Saturday he supports allowing same-sex couples to wed, but will continue defending his state's 2004 ban on gay marriage in court.

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TRAILER: ‘The Case Against 8’

Friday, May 2, 2014
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"The Case Against 8" takes an inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Pope to convene synod to discuss gay marriage, divorce, contraception

Friday, May 2, 2014
Pope Francis
The Vatican will convene an meeting of senior clerics this fall to re-examine church teachings on its most controversial issues: same-sex relations, divorce and contraception.

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