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Same-Sex Marriage

This week’s likely news stories: Dominican Republic set to deport individuals of Haitian descent; Mexican high court paves way for full marriage equality;  U.S. and Venezuelan officials meet in Haiti, address strained relations; Nicaraguans protest Chinese-funded canal project; top ELN commander killed in Colombia

The United States Supreme Court yesterday refused to review a series of appeals court decisions that overturned same-sex marriage bans in five states.

This week’s likely top stories: Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves head to a runoff election; U.S. Supreme Court rejects same-sex marriage appeals; domestic renewable energy market opens in Chile; Mexican college students may be buried in mass graves; Peruvian elections are marred by violence; Catamarca creates a new mining district.

Likely top stories this week: results in the race for governor of Baja California; protests over legislation in Peru; Costa Rica approves same-sex civil unions; Brazil responds to surveillance reports; and UNASUR divided over Evo Morales’ flight interruptions.

The National Council of Justice of Brazil, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, ruled yesterday that government licensing offices cannot deny homosexual couples marriage licenses. The ruling is expected to accelerate a law legalizing same-sex marriage in the Brazilian Congress.

In a 23 to 8 vote, the Uruguayan Senate approved a bill on Tuesday that brings the country one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage.

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