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Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).

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Missouri state workers’ health plan expanded to include same-sex spouses

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's health care and retirement plans are expanding coverage to same-sex spouses following a recent court ruling. The Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan says it will enroll same-sex spouses of state employees and retirees who have ...

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Arkansas Supreme Court rejects AG’s request to delay gay marriage case

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Arkansas Supreme Court
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the court to put ...

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North Carolina couples eager for judge to rule on same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
North-carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Same-sex couples in North Carolina are eagerly awaiting federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a request late Wednesday asking Chief U.S. ...

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead ...

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Gay marriage supporters in Colorado celebrate in rally at 10th Circuit court

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The first same sex couple married in Denver after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling of earlier this week, Vicky Pierce, left, and Nikki Holmlund, right, hold their 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Holmlund-Pierce during a rally staged by Why Marriage Matters Colorado on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
DENVER -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Colorado are celebrating their legal victory but also trying to help advance their cause elsewhere. Gov. John Hickenlooper and others, including software entrepreneur Tim Gill and representatives of the ACLU and NAACP, rallied ...

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Hearing scheduled in challenge to South Dakota same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, October 9, 2014
South-Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The first motion hearing in the lawsuit challenging South Dakota's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has been scheduled in Sioux Falls. Judge Karen Schreier has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 17 on South Dakota's request to ...

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South Carolina Supreme Court says no marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Trevor Donovan takes pictures at a Statehouse rally on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Supporters of gay marriage held a rally at the capitol the same day a Charleston County Probate judge approved an application for a same-sex marriage license.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A judge in Charleston appears to be waiting for instructions from the South Carolina Supreme Court before issuing the first same-sex marriage license in the state. Probate Court Judge Irving Condon had said he would issue licenses ...

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U.S. Supreme Court says it erred in halting Nevada same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that spawned confusion among state officials and disappointment in couples hoping to be wed. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed this ...

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Estonia becomes first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tallinn, Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonia on Thursday became the first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships, while Kyrgyzstan - another ex-Soviet republic thousands of kilometers east - considers anti-gay legislation. The parallel moves reflect starkly divergent paths taken by the ...

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U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati key to how and where gay marriage advances

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- After a series of developments on same-sex marriage this week, there's growing anticipation for a ruling by the federal appeals court based in Cincinnati. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments two ...

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