U.S. judge strikes down Indiana gay marriage ban

Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:36pm EDT

1 of 2. Two men, both wearing signs that read 'he's the groom', hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in Denver May 1, 2013.

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(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday struck down the Indiana ban on same-sex marriage, saying the measure was unconstitutional and ordering officials to start issuing marriage licenses.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Richard Young, in a ruling posted online, said the state's ban violated the Constitution's due process and equal protect clauses in the Fourteenth Amendment.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Susan Heavey)