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Utah's same sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

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In a surprising development same sex marriage is now legal in Utah, a state dominated by the conservative Mormon church.

On Friday a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on same sex marriage, saying the law "conflicts with the United States Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process under the law," according to a report issued by CNN on Dec. 20.

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying “the state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason. Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional."

In his ruling, Judge Shelby struck down Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Shelby's ruling came the day after the New Mexico Supreme Court determined that the state was constitutionally required to allow same-sex couples to marry and receive the same privileges afforded by civil marriage under law. That ruling made New Mexico the 17th state, including the District of Columbia, to allow gay marriage.

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