Judge rules Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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By Bill Mears

CNN Supreme Court Producer

(CNN) — A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and has refused to stay his ruling. Unless the state appeals the decision, gay and lesbian couples soon will be able obtain marriage licenses.

Judge John Sedwick concluded that provisions of the voter-approved measure were “unconstitutional because they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law.”

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