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Appeals court backs gay marriage

Federal ruling stayed, meaning no Oklahoma weddings yet

Posted: July 19, 2014 at 2:48 a.m.

In the April 17, 2014, photo plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop leave court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday, July 18, 2014, found a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution. In a Utah case, the court ruled June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed.

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside of its borders.

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