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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.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

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Federal judge grants class action status for challenge to Va. gay marriage ban

| Friday, January 31, 2014
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia has certified as a class action a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Hawaii judge rejects lawmaker’s attempt to overturn marriage equality law

| Friday, January 31, 2014
GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to have Hawaii's marriage equality law overturned.
HONOLULU -- A state judge in Hawaii has thrown out a lawmaker's challenge to the state's new marriage equality law, declaring that the law that took effect in December is constitutional.

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Ind. governor wants lawmakers to send gay marriage ban to voters this year

| Friday, January 31, 2014
Darron Cummings, APIndiana Gov. Mike Pence delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature at the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Mike Pence is asking Indiana lawmakers to send a proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage to voters this year.

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Gay rights group seeks repeal of Kan. same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. — The leading gay rights advocacy group in Kansas is asking legislators to repeal a state law and a provision in the state constitution that both ban same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge says suit challenging W.Va. gay marriage ban can proceed

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge says most of a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage can proceed.

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Ind. Senate leader places gay marriage amendment in committee he chairs

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
David Long
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate's leader is placing the proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage with a committee he controls for vetting.

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Ohio Statehouse hosted 23 weddings last year, but is off limits to gay ceremonies

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
For gay and lesbian couples hoping to hold wedding ceremonies surrounded by the limestone columns and marble staircases of the Ohio Statehouse, it’s a grand location that’s totally off-limits.

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Ind. marriage equality advocates prepare for battle in state Senate

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Charlie Nye, APOpponents of HJR-3 celebrate outside the Indiana House of Representatives as the 52-43 vote striking the second sentence from the proposed constitutional amendment on marriage was announced during second reading in the House in Indianapolis on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay rights activists slugging it out over a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage are turning their focus to the Indiana Senate as the legislative battle enters its second round of the 2014 session.

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Utah governor says he’s committed to gay marriage ban, urges respect

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APGov.  Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert says he's committed to defending Utah's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage but says the issue should be handled with civility and respect.

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Bill would allow Utah taxpayers to donate portion of refund to fight gay marriage

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Merrill Nelson
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker hopes taxpayers can soon donate to the state's fight against gay marriage by checking a box on a tax form.

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