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In one quote, a federal judge says gay marriage bans are doomed

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A demonstrator waves a pride flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Same-sex marriage proponents could be talking about this quote for quite a while.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Kentucky struck down part of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, requiring state officials to recognize marriages performed legally in other states.

In one quote, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II explained why “tradition” was not a good enough argument for a conservative state like Kentucky to outlaw same-sex marriages:

“For years, many states had a tradition of segregation and even articulated reasons why it created a better, more stable society. Similarly, many states deprived women of their equal rights under the law, believing this to properly preserve our traditions.

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“In time, even the most strident supporters of these views understood that they could not enforce their particular moral views to the detriment of another’s constitutional rights. Here as well, sometime in the not too distant future, the same understanding will come to pass.”

You can read the Los Angeles Times’ full analysis of the ruling here.

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