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US judges overturn bans on gay marriage in two states

By Agencies in Little Rock, Arkansas ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-11-27 07:52:32

US district judges have struck down as unconstitutional same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi, separately overturning measures that voters approved a decade ago in both socially conservative Southern states.

Judges Kristine Baker in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Carlton Reeves in Jackson, Mississippi, ruled on Tuesday that the bans on gay marriage denied guarantees of equal protection under the law for gay couples.

The back-to-back decisions are the latest in a flurry of federal court rulings striking down measures across the United States defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.

US judges overturn bans on gay marriage in two states

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