In a ruling this afternoon, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled the state of Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. A stay is in place on his ruling, so no marriage licenses will be issued at this time, pending appeal.
While this ruling is a great step in moving marriage forward in Oklahoma, there is still work to be done. At this time, same-sex couples and their families are still unprotected.
Oklahoma’s ruling follows a ruling by a federal district judge in Utah declaring their same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, and the New Mexico Supreme court upholding marriage for same-sex couples.
Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson applauded the ruling today. He said:
“This is a tremendous day for loving and committed same-sex couples and their families in Oklahoma, building on the momentum of eight other states that ended their restrictions on marriage for same-sex couples in 2013. The federal district judge has done the right thing by affirming that marriage is a fundamental freedom for all people, gay and non-gay – for all of us who believe in liberty and fairness. As the case makes its way up through the courts, we will continue to do the work of having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for victory when the Supreme Court eventually takes the freedom to marry case that brings national resolution. The momentum for the freedom to marry will continue as we win more hearts and minds, working to bring the freedom to marry throughout the country.”
Why Marriage Matters Arizona is happy to see progress is Oklahoma, and will work to ensure that marriage will continue to move forward.