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Couple asks judge to overturn same-sex marriage ban

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Four Montana couples asked a federal judge on Wednesday to overturn a state constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage, the latest challenge to bans on same-sex matrimony that have been struck down by a string of U.S. courts.

The lawsuit brought by four gay and lesbian couples alleges that Montana’s voter-approved ban unfairly denies them protections such as job benefits and joint adoption afforded to heterosexual couples under state and federal laws.

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