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Gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional in Oklahoma

Same-sex marriage is making it's way to Oklahoma. A ban on gay marriage in Oklahoma has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the decision Tuesday evening.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. The couples had sued for the right to marry and have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma. But a constitutional amendment stating marriage in the state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman passed by voters in 2004 is said to violate the U.S. Constitution.

Kern says the amendment violates the Constitution's equal protection clause.

Gay marriages won't immediately start in Oklahoma. Kern's ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal.

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