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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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Catholic Church fires woman from job feeding the hungry over her same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Colleen Simon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has fired a woman in charge of distributing food to the homeless and hungry after learning she is gay and in a same-sex marriage.

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Attorneys for same-sex couples in Arkansas ask court for broader ruling

Thursday, May 15, 2014
After marrying Allan Cox, 48, left, and Steve Thomas, 61, right, Judge Wendell Griffen, center, signs their marriage license in this Monday, May 12, 2014 photo in Little Rock, Ark.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Attorneys for a group of same-sex couples are asking a judge to clarify that he intended to strike down all Arkansas laws prohibiting same-sex marriage when he voided the state's ban last week.

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Michigan pastors declare ‘the fight is on’ when it comes to same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rev. Stacy Swimp speaks at a news conference at the First Baptist International World Changers church in Detroit  on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
DETROIT -- A group of about 200 mostly Michigan-based black pastors gathered in Detroit on Wednesday to declare “the fight is on” when it comes to same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge in Pa. considers same-sex marriage challenge

Thursday, May 15, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- The fight for marriage equality in Pennsylvania moves to a federal courtroom Thursday, where a couple will ask a judge to recognize their same-sex marriage.

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Fla. student denied in-state tuition, seeks recognition of his same-sex marriage

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A South Florida college student is asking an appellate court to recognize his same-sex marriage after he says he was denied in-state tuition.

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Ark. gay marriages come to a halt after Supreme Court declines to stay ruling

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Gay couples line up to file paperwork for marriage licenses at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May12, 2014.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the state attorney general's request to put on hold a ruling that overturned Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but the short-lived ability for same-sex couples to wed in the state still came to a halt amid confusion about what comes next.

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Idaho scrambles over marriage ruling as gay rights advocates plan next steps

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Idaho state capitol, at right, in Boise.
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal judge's decision to allow same-sex marriages in Idaho starting Friday has attorneys for the state scrambling to appeal and gay rights advocates planning their next steps.

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Alaska Supreme Court considers case of same-sex survivor benefits

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court is considering whether the partner of a woman killed in 2011 is entitled to survivor benefits from the woman's employer, given the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Federal magistrate refuses to stay Idaho same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Mike Chase, center left, kisses his partner Matthew Montoya on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse during a rally in support of same sex marriage in Boise on Tuesday night May 13, 2014. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled earlier in the day that Idaho's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal magistrate judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state's governor.

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Federal judge rejects NOM’s motion to defend Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Organization for Marriage cannot defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage after the state attorney general refused to do so, paving the way for a ruling on the ban that could come at any time.

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