The ruling just came down from U.S. District Judge Terence Kern.
This does not clear the way for gay marriages immeditely in the state. The ruling was stayed, pending appeal, meaning there will be more action before any final decisions.
If the ruling stands, Oklahoma would be in line to be the next state to allow gay couples the right to marry.
So far 18 other states have done the same with Utah’s decision still in the appeals stage.
In his ruling Kern wrote;
"Applying deferential rationality review, the Court searched for a rational link between exclusion of this class from civil marriage and promotion of a legitimate governmental objective. Finding none, the Court’s rationality review reveals Part A as an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit."
Read the entire ruling in the PDF file here or click on the link on the left side of the page.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin released a statement shortly after the ruling saying;
"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."
Attorney General Scott Pruitt agrees with Fallin.
“It is a troubling decision,” Pruitt said. “As the Supreme Court recently noted in the Windsor case, it is up to the states to decide how to define marriage, not the federal government. There is a case involving the State of Utah currently pending before the 10th Circuit that is identical to the case in Tulsa. The issue most likely will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court and the outcome will dictate whether Oklahoma’s constitutional provision will be upheld.”
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