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Judge strikes down Indiana gay marriage ban

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that it violated the Constitution's equal-protection clause. The state's attorney general's office said it would appeal the decision.

Since the Supreme Court last summer ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages, 20 consecutive court rulings have sided with proponents of gay marriage. In the past two months alone, judges in six states — Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and now Indiana — have struck down gay marriage bans.