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Marriage Equality

As of November 20, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), in the District of Columbia, and in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. 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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N.D. mayor first in state to join national marriage equality support group

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Karyn Hippen
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The mayor of a small town in eastern North Dakota on Wednesday became the first mayor in the state to formally join a nationwide effort support gay marriage. [...]

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Pa. governor announces he will not appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's governor ended his fight Wednesday to stop same-sex marriage in the state, allowing a growing number of couples to proceed with their wedding plans with greater peace of mind. [...]

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Four couples file lawsuit challenging Montana’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Montana
HELENA, Mont. -- Four gay couples are suing Montana over its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That leaves North Dakota and South Dakota as the only two states with gay marriage bans and no lawsuits seeking to overturn them. [...]

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Gallup poll: Support for same-sex marriage reaches new high at 55 percent

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
AP
WASHINGTON -- Americans' support for laws that legalize same-sex marriage has reached a new high, according to new data released by Gallup. [...]

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Uncertainty lingers for Utah’s married, same-sex couples and their children

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Matthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner with their son Jesse, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Utah that claims the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge's ruling ordering officials to recognize gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned marked a key victory for Utah gay and lesbian couples. But it doesn't end their months-long legal limbo. [...]

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No same-sex marriage in Idaho until appeal decided, says court

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Maria May-Chang, right, wipes away a tear after having a piece of cake with her wife Jody May-Chang, left, and their son Cody at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014.
BOISE, Idaho — No same-sex marriages will be allowed or recognized in Idaho until an appeal is decided, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. [...]

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Appeals court: Gay marriage opponents can’t keep campaign donors secret

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
AP
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Same-sex marriage opponents can't keep the identities of their campaign donors secret, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in upholding a lower court decision. [...]

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Same-sex couples racing to apply for marriage licenses in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- Gay and lesbian couples are racing to pick up marriage licenses in Pennsylvania after a federal judge threw out the state's ban on same-sex unions. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized the practice throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses. [...]

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Judge set to rule Tuesday on Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Marc Levy, APThe Whitewoods _ Landon, 2, Susan, 49, Abbey, 16, Katie, 14, and Deb, 45, after a news conference to announce that they are the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA -- Gay rights activists should know within hours whether Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage will be overturned. [...]

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