June 25, 2014 / 4:25 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. judge strikes down Indiana gay marriage ban

(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.

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. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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

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