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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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Oregon officials urge Supreme Court to deny NOM’s request for stay

Monday, June 2, 2014
Supreme-Court
Arguing that there is no way the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage when only a private group is defending such a law, Oregon state officials and a group of same-sex couples urged the Court on Monday not to grant [...]

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After 50 years together, Illinois marriage plaintiffs exchange vows

Monday, June 2, 2014
Jim Darby (left) and Patrick Bova
CHICAGO -- Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, lead plaintiffs in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Illinois, were married Monday after more than 50 years together. Among those attending the wedding at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art was Gov. Pat Quinn. [...]

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Gay rights group blasts Ill. gubernatorial candidate on gay marriage opposition

Monday, June 2, 2014
Bruce Rauner
CHICAGO -- Gay rights advocates are blasting Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner's stance on the issue as Illinois' new law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect statewide. Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says the Winnetka businessman has opposed efforts for the new law and has previously vowed to work against [...]

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Gallup Polls show significant gains in public support for LGBT community

Monday, June 2, 2014
Jeff Siner,  AP
Public opinion on same-sex relations has improved more dramatically than it has on any other controversial issue with strong moral sensibilities, according to data released on Friday by the Gallup Poll organization. When asked to indicate, “Do you believe that, in general, the following are morally acceptable?” 58 percent said [...]

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HRC endorses Ohio AG candidate who says he’ll stop defending marriage ban

Monday, June 2, 2014
David Pepper
The HRC has endorsed David Pepper for Ohio attorney general, marking just the second time ever that the national LGBT civil rights group has weighed in on a state-level non-gubernatorial race. The clincher, according to HRC: incumbent Mike DeWine’s ongoing defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Federal appeals courts set schedules in Idaho, Nevada and Texas marriage cases

Monday, June 2, 2014
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans.
Two more federal appeals courts are set to consider recent rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Texas as unconstitutional, and an appeal of Nevada's ban, which was upheld in 2012. The cases are De Leon v. Perry in Texas, Latta v. Otter in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval [...]

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Forty same-sex couples exchange vows in group wedding in Chicago park

Monday, June 2, 2014
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Holding hands beneath thousands of soapy floating bubbles, 40 same-sex couples exchanged vows Sunday in a group wedding ceremony in Chicago's Rogers Park to celebrate the first day of marriage equality in Illinois. [...]

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Ill. insurance marketplace to open special enrollment for married, gay couples

Sunday, June 1, 2014
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CHICAGO — Illinois’ health insurance marketplace is now allowing married, gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods for gay couples. [...]

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Governor: Illinois is now ‘on the right side of history’

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the state is now "on the right side of history," as same-sex marriage becomes legal. The Chicago Democrat issued a statement Sunday, the first day of legal gay marriage in all of Illinois' 102 counties. He says Illinois has "always been a [...]

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Marriage equality comes to Illinois after staggered start

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Illinois
Gay and lesbian couples across Illinois can now legally wed as the state's law allowing same-sex marriage took effect Sunday. June 1 marked the first day all of Illinois' 102 counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a piecemeal start where some county officials began granting licenses [...]

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