Same-Sex Marriage
9:23 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Spurs Oklahoma Court Filing

Lawyers for two same-sex couples suing for the right to marry in Oklahoma and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in the state have filed a brief pointing to a recent ruling in Utah that found a same-sex marriage ban violated the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

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Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin filed the lawsuit along with another couple back in November 2004. That was shortly after Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

On Sunday, lawyers for the couples filed a brief outlining the similarities between their case and a case in Utah in which a federal judge ruled a same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

A lawyer representing the Tulsa County Court Clerk did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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