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Fri July 18, 2014
Gov. Fallin Says Gay Marriage Ruling Tramples States' Rights
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.
Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Fallin said the amendment was approved by 76 percent of Oklahoma voters in 2004.
"I was one of the many voters who cast my ballot in favor of traditional marriage," she said.
Now, she said, two federal judges have acted to overturn a law supported by most Oklahomans.
Fallin said she hopes the decision is eventually overturned.
"As governor, I will continue to fight back against our federal government when it seeks to ignore or change laws written and supported by Oklahomans" Fallin said.
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