A U.S. Appeals Court has struck down the same-sex marriage ban in Utah, traditionally a very conservative state. Since last summer, more and more of these state-level bans are being overturned following the Supreme Court's decision to extend federal benefits to same-sex married couples.
Back in December 2013, a federal judge ruled that a state ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional but the ruling was put on hold pending the appeals process.
Now, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has finalized the ruling, stating:
"A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union."
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