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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. Legal challenges are pending in the remaining 31 states.

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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South.

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Marriage ban on trial in Mich. this week, defendants to argue gay parents inferior

| Sunday, February 23, 2014
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DETROIT -- The trial that could overturn Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban begins Tuesday in a federal court in Detroit.

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Illinois’ same-sex couples look forward to pride month, celebrating their big day

| Saturday, February 22, 2014
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationMetro East Pride festival in Belleville, Ill., in June 2012.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois' Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014.

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Wedding bells ring early for same-sex couples in Illinois’ Cook County

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, performs a marriage ceremony for Theresa Volpe, second from left, and Mercedes Santos on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.
CHICAGO — Jubilant same-sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses in Chicago on Friday after a federal judge ruled there was no reason for residents of Illinois' largest county to wait until the state's new gay marriage law takes effect, a decision some hope will prompt county clerks statewide to begin issuing the documents.

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Ind. GOP leader sanctions Senator amid intraparty fight over gay marriage ban

| Friday, February 21, 2014
David Long
INDIANAPOLIS — The top Republicans in the Indiana Senate removed a conservative senator from a leadership position this week in the wake of an intraparty fight over amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage.

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Ill. governor applauds ruling allowing same-sex couples to wed in Cook County

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signs the state's marriage equality bill into law on Nov. 20, 2013. The measure goes into effect statewide June 1, 2014.
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is applauding a federal judge's ruling to allow same-sex couples in Cook County to immediately wed.

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First same-sex couple in line in Cook County to obtain marriage license

| Friday, February 21, 2014
TwitterCharlie Gurion and David Wilk
CHICAGO — The first same-sex couple is in line in Cook County to get a license. Clerk David Orr said he would start offering the licenses Friday afternoon after a federal judge's ruling.

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Chicago mayor Emanuel praises ruling allowing gay couples to begin marrying

| Friday, February 21, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising a federal judge's ruling that allows gay couple to marry immediately in Cook County.

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Ky. Senate candidate: Gay marriage will lead to parents marrying their kids for tax benefits

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Timothy D. Easley, APKentucky Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
WASHINGTON -- A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Kentucky said that same-sex marriage could lead to a parent claiming marriage to his or her child to gain tax benefits and other privileges.

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Federal judge says same-sex marriages can begin in Chicago, Cook County

| Friday, February 21, 2014
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CHICAGO — A federal judge says same-sex couples in Chicago don't have to wait until June to marry. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman's Friday order says there is no reason to delay same-sex marriages in Illinois, when the state's law is set to take effect.

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