Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Homosexual Marriage Ban

Judge Terence Kern ruled that the state’s ban violates the 14th Amendment. (AP Photo)
Judge Terence Kern ruled that the state’s ban violates the 14th Amendment. (AP Photo)

Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge on Tuesday.

The ruling is pending an appeal, which means no same-sex marriage licenses will immediately be issued in the state, but it did open a process that could eventually lead to legal gay marriage in the state.

In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern held that the state’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Human Rights campaign, the country’s largest gay-rights organization, lauded the decision, calling it a victory for “fundamental equality.”

“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,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “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.”

SOURCE: Politico
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