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(NEWSER) – Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states yesterday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but both orders are on hold for possible appeals. Both states had voter-approved constitutional amendments passed in 2004 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

In Arkansas, US District Judge Kristine Baker's ruling said that the amendment and state marriage laws violate the Constitution by "precluding same-sex couples from exercising their fundamental right to marry in Arkansas, by not recognizing valid same-sex marriages from other states, and by discriminating on the basis of gender." In Mississippi, which also has a 1997 law that bans same-sex marriage, US District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote, "Though we cherish our traditional values, they must give way to constitutional wisdom."

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