Filed Petition
5:02 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Same-Sex Tulsa Couple Wants U.S. Supreme Court To Take Up Marriage Ban

Lawyers for a same-sex Tulsa couple seeking the right to marry in Oklahoma have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to take up their case.

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The couple, Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, sued Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith for failing to issue them a marriage license shortly after voters in Oklahoma approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the couple last month, upholding a federal judge's ruling that found the ban unconstitutional. However, those rulings are on hold as the case moves through the courts, meaning same-sex couples haven't been allowed to marry in Oklahoma.

An organization representing Smith filed an appeal earlier this month to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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