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Marriage Equality

As of October 21, 2014:

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 31 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), and in the District of Columbia. 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 in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Language approved for ballot initiative to repeal Ohio same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, April 14, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified the language in a new version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Federal judge orders Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

| Monday, April 14, 2014
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CINCINNATI -- A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters.

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Malta Parliament votes to legalize same-sex civil unions, adoptions

| Monday, April 14, 2014
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VALLETTA, Malta -- Same-sex couples are set to gain the right to obtain legal recognition for their relationship as the Maltese Parliament prepares to vote on the Civil Unions Bill in its third and final reading on Monday evening.

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Federal judge expected to issue key ruling on Ohio same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, April 14, 2014
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states that allow same-sex marriage.

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ACLU files suit to enforce legal rights of newly married Mich. same-sex couples

| Monday, April 14, 2014
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it's filing a lawsuit to enforce the legal rights of about 300 same-sex couples who were married during a one-day window between separate federal court decisions.

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Michigan ban on same-sex domestic partner benefits back in court

| Monday, April 14, 2014
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DETROIT -- A month after Michigan's same-sex marriage ban was overturned, the state is vigorously defending another law that's being challenged by gays and lesbians: a prohibition on domestic partner benefits for employees in public schools and local governments.

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Ohio same-sex couples eagerly await Monday’s marriage ruling

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.
[caption id="attachment_135316" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Al Behrman, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.[/caption] CINCINNATI -- Pam...

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Nevada GOP removes opposition to gay marriage, abortion from platform

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
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LAS VEGAS --- The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values.

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Utah AG says defense of state’s gay marriage ban is not about hate

| Friday, April 11, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

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Nevada Republican party mulls social issues’ place in platform

| Friday, April 11, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Republicans meeting for a statewide convention in Las Vegas will decide this weekend whether to follow the lead of the state's largest county and strip hot-button social issues from the party platform.

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