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Equal protection or majority rule on marriage rights?

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin complained Tuesday about a court striking down her state's ban on same-sex marriages, saying that "the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government." But U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that those in the minority are entitled to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. "Exclusion of just one class of citizens from receiving a marriage license based upon the perceived 'threat' they pose to the marital institution is, at bottom, an arbitrary exclusion based upon the majority's disapproval of the defined class," he wrote. "It is also insulting to same-sex couples, who are human beings capable of forming loving, committed, enduring relationships."