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Federal judge strikes down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah's 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.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Utah Attorney General's Office said it would seek an "emergency stay pending the filing of an appeal."

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Link to the judge's ruling: http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/amend...