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Marriage Equality Roundup: The Push For Fifty

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Richard Andrew, center right, and Richard Rawstorn, center left, are showered in flower petals following their same-sex wedding ceremony held at Rotorua, New Zealand, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Monday marked the first day that same-sex couples could marry in New Zealand after politicians changed the law back in April. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Alan Gibson) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT | AP

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June rulings striking down the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act and enabling California to resume same-sex marriages, supporters of LGBT equality have begun a full-court press to expand the number of states with full equality from 13 to 50. Here is a rundown of the legal challenges, legislative efforts, and referendum processes in states that do not yet have civil marriage.

Arkansas has had a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and unions since 2004. In July, a group of Arkansas families filed a federal lawsuit against the state and local governments challenging whether the state constitutional ban violates the U.S. constitution. Also, while it is unlikely that an Arkansas court will rule its own state constitution unconstitutional, another group of plaintiffs have brought a state case challenging the constitutionality of the ban.

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