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A federal judge overturned Montana’s same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday, making it the 34th state to allow gay and lesbian unions.

The ban was overturned by U.S. District Court Judge, Brian Morris, with the order effective immediately. His ruling judged that “Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. This Court recognises that not everyone will celebrate this outcome.”

“This decision overturns a Montana Constitutional amendment approved by the voters of Montana. Yet the United States Constitution exists to protect disfavoured minorities from the will of the majority,”

Morris added: “The time has come for Montana to follow all the other states within the Ninth Circuit and recognize laws that ban same-sex marriage violate the constitutional right of same-sex couples to equal protection of the laws.”

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