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01/12/2015 03:58 pm ET

South Dakota Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

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A judge ruled South Dakota's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier wrote that the plaintiffs in the case "have a fundamental right to marry."

"South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification," Schreier wrote.

The decision is stayed pending a possible appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Read the Schreier's opinion below:

South Dakota Gay Marriage Decision

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