A federal judge ruled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional Friday, writing in his opinion that it “perpetuates inequality.”

“The State’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason,” Judge Robert J. Shelby, of the United States District Court for the District of Utah, wrote in his opinion. “Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional.”

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