Federal Judge Rules Against Oklahoma's Ban On Same Sex Marriage

Right on the heels of Utah's momentous ruling on marriage equality, this just in from Oklahoma:

A federal judge declared Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex nuptials unconstitutional Tuesday, making it the second deep-red state in less than a month to dramatically change course on marriage equality.

“The Court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” wrote U.S. District Judge Terence Kern in his opinion. Read more.

Legal challenges such as these put the momentum clearly on the side of those seeking justice and equal rights for the LGBT community. 

At some point, the Supreme Court will have to rule on one (or both) of these contested cases - Utah's appeal is already slated to appeal on the docket. With a majority of Americans in favor of marriage equality, and with it quite simply being the right thing to do, one would hope the country's highest court will side with history, and allow these marriages to stand and continue. Optimistically, the Supreme Court could issue a blanket decree that in fact enshrines the right for gay people to marry across the US, not just state by state. But with the majority of the court still conservative, Americans will have to wait and see.

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