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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah Gay Marriage Ban

Posted by Paul Constant on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The New York Times brings the news:

DENVER — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states cannot bar same-sex marriages, overturning Utah’s voter-approved ban against them in a decision that extends a long streak of legal victories for such unions.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit here in Denver came almost a year after the Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law that denied marriage benefits to same-sex couples.

The word "inevitable" applied itself to gay marriage in the United States about a year ago today. It's impossible for something to be "more inevitable"—you're either inevitable or you're not—but that's the phrase that comes to mind reading this report and the news out of Indiana this morning.

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