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US judge strikes Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban; ruling on hold pending appeal

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2013 file photo, Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop speak at East Central University in Ada, Okla., as part of the ECU Gay-Straight Alliance's National Coming Out Day event. A federal judge on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution, but immediately stayed the effects of the ruling while the courts sort out the matter. (AP Photo/Eric Turner)
January 14, 2014 - 2:43 PM

TULSA, Okla. - A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. Kern's ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal, meaning gay marriages won't immediately happen in Oklahoma.

The gay couples had sued for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma.

Kern ruled on a constitutional amendment approved by Oklahoma voters in 2004 that says marriage in the state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman. He said it violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office did not immediately have a comment on the ruling.

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