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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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Colo. lawmaker wants to allow joint state tax returns for married gay couples

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Pat Steadman
DENVER -- A Colorado lawmaker who sponsored the state's civil unions law, says he will introduce a bill this week aimed at allowing married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns.

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Advocacy groups mobilize to support married, same-sex couples in Utah

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Hundreds of same-sex couples wrapped around two floors at the Salt Lake County Complex on Dec.   23 waiting to obtain marriage licenses.
LGBT advocacy groups on Thursday began mobilizing efforts in response to Utah governor Gary Herbert's announcement Wednesday that the state was putting "on hold" the recognition of same-sex unions performed after a federal judge ruled against Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Joint Mo. tax returns from married, same-sex couples spurs lawsuit

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.

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Ind. lawmaker intoduces bill to add constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Indiana capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — A Republican lawmaker in Indiana has introduced a measure that seeks to place the state's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

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Supreme Court stay complicates marriages of same-sex couples in Utah

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Michael Mathie proposed to his partner Tyler McCraley on Christmas. The next day, they joined the historic rush of same-sex couples getting marriage licenses in Utah.

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Bills to end Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban flood 2014 General Assembly

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- While Delegates and Senators of the Virginia General Assembly were swearing into session Wednesday, there had already been efforts set in motion to end the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Utah: ‘Recognition of same-sex marital status ON HOLD until further notice’

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah governor Gary Herbert’s office late Tuesday instructed state agencies not to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were solemnized in the 17 days between a federal judge’s ruling to allow same-sex marriage in Utah, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday to stay the ruling pending appeal.

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Attorney hopes to see Ariz. same-sex marriage lawsuit decided in 2014

| Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Shawn K. Aiken
PHOENIX -- An attorney who filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Arizona's same-sex marriage ban said Tuesday he hopes to get a decision from a federal judge before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on any similar challenge from another state.

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N.M. governor says she won’t push for constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Gov. Susana Martinez (R-N.M.)
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico governor Susana Martinez said Monday that she won’t push for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in New Mexico in the upcoming legislative session.

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Same-sex marriage ban on agenda as Indiana lawmakers back in session

| Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers began their 2014 legislative session Tuesday with a packed schedule that includes considering placing the state's gay marriage ban in the constitution.

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