OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin released this statement Tuesday on U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern’s ruling that Oklahoma’s legal definition of marriage is unconstitutional:
"In 2004, the people of Oklahoma voted to amend the state's constitution to define marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman.’ That amendment passed with 75 percent support.
“The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue. I support the right of Oklahoma's voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge's ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government."
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. Kern's ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal, meaning gay marriages won't immediately happen in Oklahoma.
The gay couples had sued for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma.
Kern ruled on a constitutional amendment approved by Oklahoma voters in 2004 that says marriage in the state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman. He said it violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office did not immediately have a comment on the ruling.
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