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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 3, 2014

A federal judge in Kentucky on Tuesday struck down the state’s ban on gay and lesbians who want to wed, SCOTUS Blog reports. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II concluded that allowing such new marriages would not diminish anyone else’s rights “to any degree.” Heyburn based his decision solely on a need for equality, refusing to rule that same-sex couples have a “fundamental right” to marry. He took his cue on the second point from Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s majority opinion a year ago, in United States v. Windsor. The ruling continued the unbroken string of recent decisions by federal trial judges — since joined by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit — nullifying state bans on same-sex marriage.