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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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Nebraska governor says state will fight same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Gov. Dave Heineman (R-Neb.)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Gov. Dave Heineman says Nebraska will defend itself against an expected legal challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The Republican governor said Wednesday that Nebraska will "not take a pass" on the lawsuit, which ...

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Judge strikes down South Carolina same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A federal judge has struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Wednesday ruled against the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. But marriage licenses can't be immediately handed out. Gergel ...

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Gay couples in Kansas await Supreme Court action on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gay marriage advocates in Kansas are waiting to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court allows same-sex couples to wed but aren't sure a favorable decision will persuade all local officials to issue marriage licenses. ...

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N.Y. venue pays fine for refusing to host lesbian couple’s wedding, files appeal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A rural New York wedding venue's owners have paid a $13,000 fine for refusing to host a lesbian couple's wedding, and have since stopped booking marriage ceremonies while their case is appealed. Liberty Ridge Farm's owners, citing ...

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Same-sex couples want Utah to pay attorney fees

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Four married same-sex couples who sued Utah for not granting them benefits are asking the court to make the state pay nearly $200,000 in attorney fees. ...

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ACLU tells Supreme Court gay Kansas couples harmed by marriage delay

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Civil liberties attorneys told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday that delaying gay marriages in Kansas will harm same-sex couples and their families, while the state would not be significantly affected if it can't keep enforcing its ban. ...

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ACLU plans new challenge to Nebraska same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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OMAHA, Neb. -- Citing recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, a national civil liberties group will again challenge Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska confirmed Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit in ...

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Judge dismisses South Carolina governor from same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A federal judge has dismissed Gov. Nikki Haley as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. But U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs ruled Monday that the case can continue against Attorney General ...

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Mississippi officials seek to uphold ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, November 10, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi's Republican governor and Democratic attorney general are asking a federal judge to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The state made the request in court papers Monday, responding to a lawsuit filed Oct. 20 in ...

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor blocks Kansas same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, November 10, 2014
APSonia Sotomayor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has issued an order blocking same-sex marriages in Kansas. Sotomayor’s brief order Monday puts on hold indefinitely a lower-court order clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry despite a ban in Kansas on ...

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