(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A federal court has struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.
In a 53-page ruling, a federal judge said Utah's gay marriage ban, which was passed by voters in 2004, violates gay and lesbian couple' rights to due process and equal protection.
The ruling says: "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. Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional."
The county clerk's office in Salt Lake City began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples on Friday.
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