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FL gay marriage ban declared unconstitutional

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Same-sex marriage advocates stand outside the federal courthouse in Key West, FL, on Thursday. (Source: WSVN/CNN) Same-sex marriage advocates stand outside the federal courthouse in Key West, FL, on Thursday. (Source: WSVN/CNN)

KEY WEST, FL (WSVN/CNN) - Gay and lesbian rights advocates continued their undefeated run in the courts as a federal judge ruled Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Thursday's ruling did not allow marriages to take place right away. The judge ruled the decision should be stayed as it is appealed to higher courts.

He noted in his ruling that his is one of 19 federal courts to strike down state laws banning gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

Most of those decisions have been put on hold as appeals work through the system. The judge said the Florida ban violated the due process and equal protection provisions in the U.S. Constitution.

A campaign spokeswoman said Florida Gov. Rick Scott supports the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters.

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