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US Judge Strikes Down Utah's Gay Marriage Ban

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A U.S. federal judge has struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. The decision marks a major shift in the conservative western state where the Mormon church wields considerable influence. Judge Robert Shelby issued a 53-page statement Friday saying the state's ban on gay marriage violated the rights of gay and lesbian couples to equal protection under the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Utah's attorney general's office says it is seeking an emergency stay of the...

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