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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ruling pushes gay marriage closer to Supreme Court

Plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, left, and his partner Derek Kitchen, one of three couples who brought a lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, celebrate at their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.