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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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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Four couples file federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Arizona

| Monday, January 6, 2014
PHOENIX — Four couples have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking to make same-sex marriage legal in Arizona. The suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court claims a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

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Lily Tomlin marries partner of 42 years on New Year’s Eve

| Monday, January 6, 2014
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin married writer Jane Wagner, her partner of 42 years, on News Years Eve, reports Liz Smith.

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Napolitano evolves on same-sex marriage: ‘Arc of history has arrived’

| Monday, January 6, 2014
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Sunday she -- like many prominent Democratic political figures -- has evolved on the topic of same-sex marriage, and now supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

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A gay dad’s open letter to the man who refused to eat while gay couples married

| Monday, January 6, 2014
These past few years may end up being known as the years of “Conservatives Behaving Badly.” At the end of last year, the Republicans in Congress conducted a massive foot stomping, pout-out and shut down the government because they did not get their way on the previous healthcare bill. In the state of Utah, conservatives were shocked when the justice system intervened on the subject of marriage equality. Now, we have a couple of adult size tantrums playing out publicly...

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Married same-sex couples in Utah in ‘legal limbo’ after Supreme Court stay

| Monday, January 6, 2014
Francisco Kjolseth, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Heather, left, and Jax Collins of West Jordan join hundreds of other same-sex couples descending on county clerk offices around the state of Utah last month to request marriage licenses.
SALT LAKE CITY — Married same-sex couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married.

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Gay educator says Catholic school suggested he divorce to keep his job

| Monday, January 6, 2014
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.
SEATTLE -- A former vice principal at a Catholic school said he was fired for marrying his male partner and that the school's leader suggested he could get a divorce to keep the job.

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