A Federal Judge Just Ruled Missouri's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A Federal Judge Just Ruled Missouri's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

According to Reuters, "Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage violates due process and equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge in western Missouri ruled on Friday."

The ruling comes one day after a St. Louis circuit court judge also ruled the ban unconstitutional.

This doesn't mean that marriages can proceed immediately. Reuters reports that U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie Smith stayed the effect of his ruling pending possible appeals, one day after a U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio, upheld bans on gay marriage in other states, setting up a possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court

Editors Note: Mar. 2, 2015 

An earlier version of this article failed to cite a passage from Reuters in accordance with Mic editorial standards. The article has been updated to properly attribute the language to Reuters.