USA, Oklahoma: Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Written by scott on January 15th, 2014

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case in Legal LimboOf course, he immediately stayed his ruling pending appeal. But still…

The Washington Blade reports:

U.S. District Judge Terence C. Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma said the state constitutional amendment that says marriage “shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman” violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin and Susan Barton and Gay Phillips challenged the ban shortly after Oklahoma voters approved it in 2004. “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 U.S. Constitution,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “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.”

Oklahoma’s Governor is not happy.

Towleroad.com reports:

“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.”

Neither is Tony perkins.

Joe.My.God reports:

This activist judge is overrunning both the constitution and the rule of law in a drive to fundamentally alter America’s moral, political and cultural landscape. He is substituting his own ideology for the three quarters of Oklahomans who voted to preserve marriage in their constitution as it has always been defined.

Ever notice how a judge is only an activist when he rules against you?

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3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Steve Rider says:

    I have posted the PDF of Judge Kern’s decision, it’s a good read.
    http://aintnogod.com/mysnap/Bishop-v-USA._Oklahoma-Equal_Rights-Decision.pdf

  2. U.S. District Kern’s decision is wonderful news for Oklahoma and will demonstrate to the rest of the country that it is time for all Americans to be treated equally. Soon, all couples in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of legalized marriage. As a fourth generation Oklahoman, I’m very proud that our great state is taking a needed step towards progress.

  3. Ralph Stephens says:

    I am so sick of these ignorant, bigoted, right-wing, trailer-trash FREAKS!!! The US Constitution guarantees equality and equal protection under the law. Article 5 and the 14th Amendment are specific in the statement of fact that State’s have no right to remove or suppress “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

    So, let’s all defend the Constitution as written!!! It is time…

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