North Carolina’s gay marriage ban was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge.

According to Talking Points MemoU.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr issued the ruling in federal court in the North Carolina mountain town of Ashville just after 5 p.m. on Friday. The ban, which was approved by voters in 2012, was struck down as unconstitutional.

After the ruling, many supporters took to social media to express their gratitude towards the ruling. One Twitter user wrote:

“Gay marriage is now legal in North Carolina, 2 1/2 years after voters their unsuccessfully tried to stop people from being free.

Another Twitter user named John Colucci, was shocked at the fact that one of the most conservative states in the nation would allow gay marriage. Colucci said:

“Wow. Marriage is legal in North Carolina. That to me is a shock. A welcome shock!

But others did not take the news to kindly. Conservatives all over the state were sad to see that their state was now beginning to embrace gay marriage. One Twitter user name Clint Pressley, commented on the Charlotte Observer Twitter page by saying:

“A sad day for our state.”

Another Observer follower name Cameron Vinson tweeted:

“Smh (Shaking my head)”

But maybe the most extreme tweet from a gay marriage opponent came from a user name Top Conservative Cat, who tweeted:

“BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down North Carolina gay marriage ban, forces all straight people in to FEMA camps.”

According to the Charlotte Observerthe attorney for the Republican legislative leaders said that they will appeal the ruling. With the ruling imitate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger filed series of motions to halt the legalization of gay marriage, including asking the judge to delay the rulings until the state could appeal.

But it would be all in vain, as Cogburn struck down the ban, and allowed the marriages to continue uninterrupted.

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