Oklahoma's ban on marriage equality ruled unconstitutional by federal judge

Nine years ago, Mary Bishop, Sharon Baldwin, Gay Phillips, and Susan Barton filed the case known as Bishop v. Oklahoma. Today, Federal Judge Terence Kern ruled in favor of the filing parties and found that the state's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

At present, though, a stay has been placed on the ruling, pending appeal.

BuzZFeed posted:

“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,” U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern wrote.

The ruling will not going into effect immediately, Kern decided, issuing a stay of his decision based on the recent Supreme Court action granting a stay in the Utah marriage case.

Read the full story and court opinion here.

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