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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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Hearing scheduled for Thursday in challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, January 27, 2014
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen
NORFOLK, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia will hear oral arguments on Thursday in one of two lawsuits challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Ind. House split on gay marriage ban, backers ‘guardedly optimistic’

| Monday, January 27, 2014
Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS — A poll of the 100 members of the Indiana House shows 38 plan to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and 38 plan to vote against it, a newspaper report said Sunday.

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Wedding fever at the Grammys: Couples say ‘I do’ to song ‘Same Love’

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)
LOS ANGELES -- Couples exchanged rings in the aisle at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem "Same Love."

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Kluwe talks allegations with Vikings investigators, identifies witnesses

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Chris Kluwe
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has met with investigators hired by the team to independently assess allegations that that he was released from the team due to his support for same-sex marriage.

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‘Case Against 8’ documents five-year effort to overturn Calif. gay marriage ban

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP (File)Attorneys David Boies, left, and Theodore Olson, address members of the media outside the Supreme Court in Washington on March 26, 2013.
PARK CITY, Utah — Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies once argued the Bush v. Gore case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, but they say fighting California's law prohibiting same-sex marriage is the most significant thing they've done.

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Grammy Awards: 34 couples to marry on-air during performance of ‘Same Love’

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Macklemore (right) & Ryan Lewis
LOS ANGELES — Producers for Sunday's Grammy Awards are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be the an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay and straight -- during a live performance by hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love."

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Kan. lawmakers to consider bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- With the legal climate uncertain for states banning gay marriage, Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal designed to allow individuals, groups and businesses to refuse to recognize or provide goods, services or benefits to gay couples based on their religious beliefs.

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Nevada AG re-evaluates defense of state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto says she's re-evaluating the state's defense of its ban on same-sex marriage after a new ruling by a federal appeals court.

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Okla. lawmaker suggests eliminating all marriages to prevent gay marriages

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma lawmaker, fearful that a federal judge's ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage might be upheld by an appeals court, says his conservative colleagues would consider throwing out all marriages in Oklahoma as a way around the ruling.

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Ind. House Democrats weigh two plans to derail proposed gay marriage ban

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- House Democrats will consider two different strategies to derail the effort to place a same-sex marriage ban in the Indiana Constitution, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said Friday.

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