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Gay-union rights are constitutional, appeals court rules

Federal-level decision on Utah ban a first, moves issue closer to justices

Posted: June 26, 2014 at 5:43 a.m.

Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner, Moudi Sbeity, appear at a news conference Wednesday in Salt Lake City after a federal appeals court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Utah and the five other states covered in the 10 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the court stayed the ruling pending an appeal.

Federal appeals court judges ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, taking the issue a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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