Ruling made in Tallahassee by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle

For the first time in Florida, a federal judge has ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and must be struck down.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee joins rulings from circuit judges in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties that have all been against the same-sex marriage ban, which was passed as a state law in 1997 and as a state constitutional amendment in 2008.

A fourth circuit judge, in Palm Beach County, discounted the ban in certain narrow parameters, but did not strike it down completely.

Like the other rulings, the federal judge's ruling will be put on hold during the appeals process.