Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Perhaps it's a Christmas miracle?

A federal judge in Utah has struck down the state's ban against same-sex marriage, deeming it as unconstitutional.

“The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby. “Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional.

Couples began rushing to their local county clerk office to obtain marriage licenses, some of which were already handing them out. The state's attorney general's office does have intention of appealing the ruling and asking for a stay that would stop marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples.

In the meantime, the effect that it will have on the Mormon-centric state is undetermined and is a case that's worth watching.