Last week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws banning gay marriage, but the State of North Dakota was still involved in pending litigation over the status of the gay marriage ban in the state constitution.
Federal judge Ralph Erickson has struck down the state’s ban as unconstitutional.
You can read the full ruling below.
“We are thrilled that the court decided to take swift action to remove this harmful and discriminatory law from its history books,” Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Kyle Palazzolo said in a press release. “After the historic ruling on Friday by the Supreme Court, there was no legal or moral justification for forcing same-sex couples in North Dakota to wait to have their love and commitment recognized by the state. We are so excited for our plaintiff couple Jan and Cindy and all families in North Dakota who have been waiting for this day for far too long.”
Lambda Legal was the gay rights organization pursuing the case on behalf of the plaintiff.