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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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Mormon church, religious groups weigh in on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society.

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Four gay couples sue to force Ohio’s hand on same-sex marriage

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Al Behrman, APAttorney Alphonse Gerhardstein, seated second from right, answers questions Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, during a news conference in Cincinnati. Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban.
CINCINNATI -- Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates.

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Mixed assessments: How ‘big’ is Holder’s news on same-sex marriage benefits?

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.” But there have been some mixed assessments of how big this news really is.

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Ind. resumes its debate over constitutional ban on gay marriage

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers' debate over a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is heating up again in the Statehouse.

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El Salvador parliament rejects constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Sunday, February 9, 2014
El-Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- The Salvadoran Parliament has again failed in its attempt to approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Methodists in crisis over same-sex marriage, church law

| Sunday, February 9, 2014
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked by church officials after he officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.
NEW YORK — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them.

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Indiana gay marriage opponents press forward, even as tides shift

| Saturday, February 8, 2014
AJ Mast, APIndiana state Rep. Eric Turner speaks during debate on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of same-sex marriage have spent more than a decade working to ensure that Indiana stayed true to its conservative roots by strengthening its stance against gay unions. But in a year that was expected to bring a crucial victory, they find themselves facing a strong headwind.

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Citing DOMA ruling, Holder applies same-sex marriage rights to Justice Dept.

| Saturday, February 8, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.

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Ind. governor sticking to his support for constitutional ban on gay marriage

| Friday, February 7, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is sticking to his support for a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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Plaintiffs in gay marriage suit seek to exclude ‘expert’ witness Mark Regnerus

| Thursday, February 6, 2014
Mark Regnerus
DETROIT -- Plaintiffs in a federal court challenge of Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage have filed a brief seeking to ban the author of a discredited study on gay parenting from testifying as an expert witness on behalf of the state.

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