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After 50 years together, Illinois marriage plaintiffs exchange vows

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Jim Darby (left) and Patrick Bova
CHICAGO -- Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, lead plaintiffs in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Illinois, were married Monday after more than 50 years together. Among those attending the wedding at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art was Gov. Pat Quinn.

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Forty same-sex couples exchange vows in group wedding in Chicago park

| Monday, June 2, 2014
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Holding hands beneath thousands of soapy floating bubbles, 40 same-sex couples exchanged vows Sunday in a group wedding ceremony in Chicago's Rogers Park to celebrate the first day of marriage equality in Illinois.

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Grammy winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge gets married

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
Melissa Etheridge, left, and Linda Wallem.
NEW YORK — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gay rights activist Melissa Etheridge has gotten married. People magazine says the 53-year-old Etheridge married partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, on Saturday.

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Wedding weekend: Same-sex couples celebrate marriage equality in Pa.

| Friday, May 23, 2014
[cap]Christopher DiCapua, left, and Oscar Cabrera kiss after saying their wedding vows Friday, May 23, 2014, at City Hall in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- The first same-sex marriages are now in the history books at City Hall in Philadelphia. Eight couples were married Friday in the mayor's reception room, days after a federal judge lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Going to the chapel… Same-sex couples begin tying the knot in Oregon

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Julie Engbloom, left, and Laurie Brown, right, are married by Judge Beth A. Allen at the Melody Ballroom, Monday, May, 19, 2014, in Portland, Ore., after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jubilant couples rushed to the altar Monday after a federal judge struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Oregon Supreme Court settles ballot title dispute in ‘religious freedom’ measure

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
Oregon Supreme Court in Salem.
SALEM, Ore. -- Backers of a proposed "religious freedom" ballot initiative in Oregon that would allow businesses to refuse services to same-sex weddings based on religious beliefs lost a ballot title challenge with the Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday.

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Designers Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent marry at iconic NYC public library

| Sunday, May 4, 2014
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
NEW YORK -- Designer and American Dream Builders host and author Nate Berkus, 42, married designer and TV personality Jeremiah Brent, 29, Saturday at the New York Public Library, reports People magazine.

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Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger.

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Ohio Statehouse ban on same-sex ceremonies to get review

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Overseers of Ohio’s Statehouse will review a seven-year-old policy that forbids same-sex couples from having their weddings and receptions in the state capitol building.

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ACLU announces winners in national same-sex marriage wedding contest

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cortesy: Mikel Razo, Mexican Wedding Photography (AP)Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson, seen here during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 1, 2013, are among five winning couples in a wedding contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union.
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

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