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Progress Report: Two states just moved closer to equality

On June 25, two states overturned bans on same-sex marriage. That's how quickly progress is happening.

In Indiana, U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage enacted in 2004 is unconstitutional. Within minutes of the ruling, Marion County Clerk Beth White in Indianapolis issued a statement saying her office would immediately begin issuing licenses.

The Indiana ruling may face more hurdles—Indiana's Attorney General has filed an appeal—but that did not stop hundreds of couples from taking their vows of love.

Less than an hour after the decision in Indiana, another monumental ruling came from out West. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals moved to strike down Utah’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage. And it's not just Utah—the ruling affects five other states over which the 10th Circuit presides: Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma. That's huge.

The court stayed its own decision to wait for the Supreme Court to rule before marriages begin, but the weight of the ruling was perhaps best summed up by University of Utah Law Professor and Equality Utah Board Member Clifford Rosy who called the ruling, “the biggest victory in the history of the gay rights movement. A federal appeals court has recognized that same sex couples have the same freedom to marry, establish a family and raise children together as all Americans do.”

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