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Judge rules Oklahoma gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Published on Jan 15, 2014 8:18 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US federal judge has struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it was unconstitutional, a month after a similar move in Utah.

The ruling in the long-running case on Tuesday also followed a landmark Supreme Court decision in June finding that couples in same-sex marriages were entitled to the same benefits and protections as their heterosexual counterparts.

"The court holds that Oklahoma's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution," US District Judge Terence Kern wrote in his opinion.

A month ago, a federal judge in Utah overturned that state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that saw hundreds of couples get married.

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