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U.S. District Judge Rules Oklahoma Ban on Marriage Equality Unconstitutional

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 2:37 pm
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Today U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in the Sooner State.

HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:

“Judge Kern has come to the conclusion that so many have before him – that the fundamental equality of lesbian and gay couples is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. With last year’s historic victories at the Supreme Court guiding the way, it is clear that we are on a path to full and equal citizenship for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Equality is not just for the coasts anymore, and today’s news from Oklahoma shows that time has come for fairness and dignity to reach every American in all 50 states.”

Two plaintiff couples, Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin and Gay Phillips and Susan Barton, filed their case, Bishop v. Oklahoma, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in November 2004. Lead counsel in the case are Don Holladay and James Warner of the Oklahoma City law firm Holladay & Chilton PLLC.

The ruling comes on the heels of a year-long string of electoral, judicial and legislative victories for marriage equality. In recent weeks both the New Mexico Supreme Court and a federal district judge in Utah have ruled in favor of marriage for lesbian and gay couples.

By : HRC staff | Human Rights Campaign |

Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 2:39 pm

The times, they are a changein' - I am nearly jumping in my chair, of all states the one that has zero - that would no blue counties in the state. Oh the weeping and tears in Oklahoma.

Rose B (141)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 2:47 pm
Love your comment Kit

JL A (281)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 3:28 pm
That makes 19+ DC (38% of states but given CA is 20% of population, at least approaching a majority of the population).

Brad Miller (120)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:32 pm
To say nothing of the great gnashing of teeth... it's true, Oklahoma makes my Kansas look purple by comparison. Well maybe orangey.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:34 pm
WONDERFUL! adding only a happy thanks to Kit and that judge!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:38 pm

Just remember that now we know about the bible and men being stoned - on marijuana that is - let the gnashing of teeth begin. Yep, Brad Oklahoma does give a lighter shade of Red to Kansas. Yayy - let equality ring that bell!

Solitary Eagle (324)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:51 pm
Very enjoyable news! Thanks, Kit.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

It is a shame that we need the Courts to decide what can, or cannot go on in our bedrooms, or what is "Socially" acceptable.

I have read the "Ten Commandments," and I do not see where this fits into the "Great scheme of things." Laws are not supposed to be about taking away, or the giving of personal freedoms. The "personal freedoms" were supposed to be given at birth, to be used as you become aware of them, to be used "at Will," as long as you are not harming another.

I am really glad that these "Judges" are finally allowing for these "freedoms," but I do not think that it was any of their business in the first place.

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:17 pm
Pouring some champagne for all...time to celebrate!

Vivian B (169)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:21 pm
There has already been two marriages in Oklahoma. They got their marriage licenses from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe, I believe. But they are only recognized by that Tribe.
It is undeniable that Oklahoma is one of the reddest states there is. Unfortunately, I live there. I feel quite alone in my blue-state leanings. If it weren't for my sister, I don't think there is another person in Oklahoma that I could count on being blue! I don't even know why I still live here! It is so backwards that we are still in the 19th century! This state will be dragged, kicking and pouting into the 21st century and we will all be better for it!!
C'mon 21st century!!!

lee e (114)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 9:25 pm
Thanks for the share, I too was confounded when I first heard - if Oklahoma can believe in the Constitution who knows what may happen to the rest of the country only a few hundred years too late - now if they can just rewrite some of those anti-human categories when it comes to slavery - the Constitution too, might enter the 21st century!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 9:45 pm
Thank you for the wonderful news.

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 9:52 am
HOORAY! And three cheers for an honest, objective judge who did the right thing!

BIGOTS don't get to determine the rights of everyone else.


Michael A (28)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:51 am

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 3:01 pm
Good news.

Sherri G (128)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 2:02 am
OMG I hope this holds up. TY Kit Noted

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 17, 2014, 5:51 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this good news, Kit. I want to see the remaining states fall like dominoes in making gay marriages legal; it's not right that these marriages are "legal" in one state, but not another.
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