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Judge strikes down Arizona’s ban on gay marriage

A toast is in order for gay couples wanting to marry in Arizona. A federal judge has ruled the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. In 1996, Arizona passed a law that outlawed gay marriage and in 2008 voters amended the state's constitution to include a ban.

But the ruling, which came October 17, bars officials from enforcing such legislation. This follows rulings against gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho made earlier this month.